how not to initialize HD

JB jb.123abc at
Sat Jul 31 21:11:25 UTC 2010

Paul Cartwright <ale <at>> writes:

> sda2 is the original Dell recscue partition, there is no way I'd ever use it 
> again.. but I copied it to sda8 anyway..
Hi Paul,
good to hear from you. I hoped that Tom and Marko would join us again, but
they are lurking only and are reluctant a bit :)

If I had to do it on my own machine I would be done by now (fixed or otherwise
knowing the result).

We have that error
# cfdisk -Ps
FATAL ERROR: Bad primary partition 2: Partition ends in the final partial 

That's the one making trouble, and you indicated we can get rid of it now).
/dev/sda2            4463        4717     2048287+   e  W95 FAT16 (LBA)

Can you use the easier version of cfdisk ? Gives you display like that ?
It would be easier for us to modify the layout with it.
Btw, this is my disk ...
# cfdisk

                         cfdisk (util-linux-ng 2.17.2)

                              Disk Drive: /dev/sda
                        Size: 40007761920 bytes, 40.0 GB
              Heads: 255   Sectors per Track: 63   Cylinders: 4864

    Name        Flags	   Part Type  FS Type          [Label]        Size (MB)
    sda1        Boot        Primary   NTFS             [^B]            21436.05*
    sda2                    Primary   Linux ext3       [F13]		8388.61*
    sda3                    Primary   Linux ext3       [F11]		7605.21*
    sda5                    Logical   Linux swap / Solaris		1501.84*
    sda6                    Logical   Linux ext2       [save]		1076.07*

     [ Bootable ]  [  Delete  ]  [   Help   ]  [ Maximize ]  [  Print   ]
     [   Quit   ]  [   Type   ]  [  Units   ]  [  Write   ]

                  Quit program without writing partition table

Give me an answer.
Stay tuned.

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