Red Hat Linux Installation Error: Need Assistance

Hello Everyone,

I am currently encountering an error during the installation process of Red Hat Linux, and I’m seeking some guidance and assistance from the community. I have been trying to install red hat Linux on my system, but I seem to be stuck with an unexpected issue.

Here are some details about my setup and the encountered error:

Operating System: Windows 10 Red Hat Linux Version: Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8 Installation Method: USB Bootable Drive Error Message: “Error: No valid devices were found on which to create new filesystems. Please check your hardware for the cause of this problem.”

I have tried to troubleshoot the issue by double-checking my hardware compatibility and ensuring that the USB bootable drive is functioning correctly. However, I have not been able to resolve the problem.

I am reaching out to the community for some guidance and assistance in troubleshooting this issue. Here are a few specific questions I have:

  1. Has anyone else encountered this error during the installation of Red Hat Linux? If so, how did you manage to resolve it?

  2. Are there any specific BIOS settings or configurations that need to be adjusted to ensure a successful installation?

  3. Are there any known compatibility issues between Red Hat Linux and certain hardware components that I should be aware of?

  4. Are there any alternative installation methods or workarounds that I can try to bypass this error?

I would greatly appreciate any insights, suggestions, or troubleshooting tips you can provide. I understand that Linux installations can be complex, but with your help, I’m confident we can find a solution.

Thank you in advance for your assistance!

Best regards, Devin Marco

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May 25, 2023


It’s hard to help with such a broad issue however, you can try some of the following suggestions:

  1. Encountered Error: The error message you are seeing usually appears when the installer is unable to find a suitable device to install the filesystem. This could be due to several reasons, including an undetected hard drive or issues with partitioning.

  2. BIOS Settings: If your hard disk is not detected, the BIOS settings may be the issue. Check whether the system is set to UEFI or legacy mode. RHEL 8 supports both, but sometimes switching the mode may help. Also, if your system uses RAID and the hard disk is not detected, you might need to set SATA operation mode to AHCI.

  3. Hardware Compatibility: While RHEL supports a wide range of hardware, it’s always good to double-check. Here is the RHEL 8 Hardware Compatibility List:

  4. Alternative Installation Methods: If you continue to have problems with the USB drive, you might try a different method. If your system allows booting from a network, you could try a network installation using PXE boot. Alternatively, you could try burning the RHEL ISO to a DVD and installing from that.

Additionally, you can try recreating your bootable USB stick. It’s possible that the drive was not properly created or the ISO file was not correctly downloaded.

Lastly, you could try using a different USB port on your computer. Sometimes, certain ports do not function correctly for bootable drives due to hardware or BIOS limitations.

Hope these suggestions will help you to troubleshoot the issue. Let me know if you need further help!

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