how not to initialize HD
jb.123abc at yahoo.com
Sun Aug 1 00:31:38 UTC 2010
Paul Cartwright <ale <at> pcartwright.com> writes:
> On Sat July 31 2010, JB wrote:
> /dev/sda1 * 1 4462 35840983+ 7 HPFS/NTFS
> /dev/sda2 4463 4717 2048287+ e W95 FAT16 (LBA)
> /dev/sda3 4718 12162 59793409 5 Extended
> Partition 3 does not end on cylinder boundary.
> /dev/sda5 4718 5961 9989120 83 Linux
> /dev/sda6 5962 8094 17133291 83 Linux
> /dev/sda7 11919 12162 1951744 82 Linux swap / Solaris
> /dev/sda8 8095 11918 30716248+ c W95 FAT32 (LBA)
> > Note that fdisk shows Extended partition as sda4, but cfdisk skips it. It
> > is a matter of formatting the displays by both. The layouts were done by
> > these Linux utilities.
> /dev/sda5 is / and /dev/sda6 is /home. Can I just delete sda3 & sda5 without
> touching /home on sda6? or will deleting sda3 remove everything... If so,
> that wouldn't both me that much.
> What i really want to end up with is XP on /dev/sda1 and Fedora on SOMETHING..
this is your new layout (after removing sda2), please use it from now on:
> # fdisk -l
Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
/dev/sda1 * 1 4462 35840983+ 7 HPFS/NTFS
/dev/sda3 4718 12162 59793409 5 Extended
Partition 3 does not end on cylinder boundary.
/dev/sda5 4718 5961 9989120 83 Linux
/dev/sda6 5962 8094 17133291 83 Linux
/dev/sda7 11919 12162 1951744 82 Linux swap / Solaris
/dev/sda8 8095 11918 30716248+ c W95 FAT32 (LBA)
To answer your question - do not attempt to delete sda3 (extended partition),
fdisk would remove everyting that is included in it (sda3 thru sda8).
I see that the removal of sda2 did not solve our problems; it even complains
about partition 2, which does not exist now:
> # cfdisk -Ps
> FATAL ERROR: Bad primary partition 2: Partition ends in the final partial
We will try to solve the second thing that may be the problem, that is
the out-of-order sda7 and sda8 within sda3 extended partition.
Before doing that please save your sda8 (W95 FAT32) data somewhere (Win XP,
CD-RW, CD-R, external disk, ...). It will be destroyed later on.
Let me know when you have done it so we can go ahead with remaining stuff.
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