Need Partition Table GURU
Dr. Scott S. Jones
scott at fyrenice.com
Fri Oct 6 05:51:29 MDT 2006
> Dr. Scott S. Jones wrote:
> > root at 2[knoppix]# fdisk -l /dev/sda
> > Disk /dev/sda: 80.0 GB, 80026361856 bytes
> > 255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 9729 cylinders
> > Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes
> > Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
> > /dev/sda1 * 1 34 273073 83 Linux
> > Partition 1 does not end on cylinder boundary.
> According to this thread , this happens when you tell fdisk to
> partition a disk using "megabytes" instead of "cylinders". Sometimes
> the number of megabytes does not equal an integral number of cylinders.
> This in itself is supposedly not a problem, as long as the partition
> starts cleanly on a "cylinder". Ending on a "cylinders" is not.
> When you boot up, what is the exact error message the system is giving you?
I ran gpart and then testdisk and both of those helped clean up the
partition table. The REASON though, I found that it was not booting up,
after running those tools on this drive, came down to the SATA controller.
I thought the controller was the trouble, so I bought another and it
happened to be made by the same people at Silicon Image. Anyway, it would
hang right at the same spot. I thought, change the controller back to the
original, which had worked over a year...and it booted right up.
Since then I have had to run fsck.ext3 on various partitions to clean them
up, but it appears it is working well now. I still have to contact Silicon
Image and find out why their newer card would disallow this drive from
Thanks for your help,
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