[plug] Disaster

Brett Manners bmanners at tartarus.uwa.edu.au
Thu Jul 16 11:00:01 WST 1998

I remember having a similar problem a while back. I deleted a partition
using OS/2's fdisk and linux wouldn't boot. What had happen is that
my linux partition had moved from /dev/hda6 to /dev/hda5 (the partition
numbers all slid down one). To correct it,I think I boot linux with
a boot disk and changed LILO or something similar, I'm not sure what, 
to point to the /dev/hda5 instead of /dev/hda6.

I also found that if you create partitions without using OS/2's fdisk
(ie dos fdisk or linux fdisk), then OS/2's fdisk wouldn't work.
(that is with OS/2 v3.0, I don't know about v4.0)

Brett Manners
bmanners at tartarus.uwa.edu.au

> I deleted a partition with OS/2 fdisk and it seems it closed up the
> partition table with the result that Linux got thoroughly confused.
> The bottom line is that a 1.1 Gb partition containing around 800 Mb now
> has a partition type 00.
> I can possibly fix it with a dos disk and debug (anyone know of good Linux
> tools?) if I can find a copy of debug that will run on DRDOS that's on a
> 3.5" disk - I have plenty on 5.25" disks. 
> About the only way I see to backup the data is to buy a new HDD. So the
> question arises,
> Does Linux have any problems with EIDE disks > 8 Gb or so?

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