# !!!!!!!!!!!Vicious 2016-06-13 14:20
you saved my day! Thanks a lot with this issue.
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# gdisk might be enoughsergio 2016-09-13 16:04
Thanks for your hint, I had the same problem on a DL360G5 with raid50 performed by P410 controller, several attemps to install vmware esxi 6.0 failed with the same error.

I booted then a live linux iso (deft8) and then used the command "gdisk" which reported an erroneus GPT, which was easy to fix using the following commands:


deft8 ~ % gdisk /dev/sda
GPT fdisk (gdisk) version 0.8.5

Warning! Disk size is smaller than the main header indicates! Loading
secondary header from the last sector of the disk! You should use 'v' to
verify disk integrity, and perhaps options on the experts' menu to repair
the disk.
Warning! One or more CRCs don't match. You should repair the disk!

Partition table scan:
MBR: not present
BSD: not present
APM: not present
GPT: damaged

Found invalid MBR and corrupt GPT. What do you want to do? (Using the
GPT MAY permit recovery of GPT data.)
1 - Use current GPT
2 - Create blank GPT

Your answer: 2

Command (? for help): p
Disk /dev/sda: 46883828912 sectors, 21.8 TiB
Logical sector size: 512 bytes
Disk identifier (GUID): F9F7FE7D-3541-4078-91BE-DCBF41759FAC
Partition table holds up to 128 entries
First usable sector is 34, last usable sector is 46883828878
Partitions will be aligned on 2048-sector boundaries
Total free space is 46883828845 sectors (21.8 TiB)

Number Start (sector) End (sector) Size Code Name

Command (? for help): w

Final checks complete. About to write GPT data. THIS WILL OVERWRITE EXISTING

Do you want to proceed? (Y/N): Y
OK; writing new GUID partition table (GPT) to /dev/sda.
The operation has completed successfully.
deft8 ~ %


No need to create a partition, after fixing the GPT the esxi installed without problems ;-)
Hope this helps others, too.
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Super User
# Nice solution tooSuper User 2016-09-14 08:24

Thanks for another fix. I'm too bad in linux so I even didnt try this way.

I'm wondering, if ESXi distrib have built-in gdisk or some similar command...
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# This works!Olle 2018-02-22 14:32
I started off by trying the Windows format solution but no luck for me.
But doing what Sergio wrote did the trick! :)
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Torben Jespersen
# RE: ESXi installation failed with error "partedUtil failed with message: Error: The primary GPT table states that the backup GPT is located beyond the end of disk"Torben Jespersen 2016-11-09 13:11
Linux method worked like a charm for me! Thanks
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Daniel Hansson
# Thanks!Daniel Hansson 2018-03-30 15:08
Thanks man, I used Gparted on a USB drive to format the RAID1 created with a SmartArray P420i. After that it installed without any issues.
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# alternativelynavraj 2018-06-14 13:11
delete the logical partition from raid utility bios
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# Yes! It works!Pirak 2019-02-18 11:52
Thanks so much for this, worked like a charm on a DL180G6, SmartArray P420.
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# alternatively2adamb 2019-03-11 19:50
another fix - without booting anything else
somewhere during ESXi installer,
note the /dev/disks/* identifier of the disk you want to fix
press alt-f1.
login root/
partedUtil --help
note the /dev/disks/* identifier
press alt+f1 during esxi installer
root/[no password]
partedUtil --help
partedUtil mklabel [/dev/disks/whatever] msdos
this overwrites the borked partition table, which we might have encountered.

[tested on dl380 gen10, P408i-a and 2x480gb ssd's with raid1]
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# GratitudeKamal K SHARMA 2019-05-07 09:17
Thanks a ton Dear. Save My Day. I did this with Bootable
Windows Server 2012 USB.
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# Thank youEnny 2019-08-17 19:04
After a night without solution, you just saved me. I used Windows server 2016 usb.
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