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Old 12-18-2000, 03:45 AM   #1
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I was going to install the latest 'current' version of Slackware and I did a lot of repartitioning with Partition Magic, to create seperate /var /usr /tmp etc. I made a backup of all the important files to the first (win98) partition but when working with PM I couldn't resist it to enlange the win98 partition. Then I installed Slackware on a single partition and using LILO I wanted to make the system bootable again. Here I messed up. Completely. I installed LILO both in the MBR as well as in the boot-sector of the first partition, and this partition is now unreachable. The boot-sector is messed up and the root-directory is unreadable. Unfortunately it's formated with FAT 32 otherwise I could use norton's good old DiskEdit to recover the system by hand, or at least save my files. Of course it's unforgivable not to back-up on a set of floppies before, but now I need your help .
My question is: does anybody know a good diskeditor (or a very good disk-repair program for FAT32, I know in these cases scandisk will make an even bigger mess) so at least I can read this partition, and make a real backup of my files.
 
Old 01-02-2001, 05:15 PM   #2
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I feel your pain man.
I did the same thing the 1st time I tried 2 Do the Dual Boot thing.
I lost over 300 Napster songs.....(that I d/loaded 56K)
but I learned an important lesson.
Just buy another Harddrive and Dedicate each one 2 an OS and manipulate BIOS to choose which 2 boot.
I know it sounds Neanderthal, because it is.
 
Old 01-02-2001, 11:51 PM   #3
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To fix this you should be able to boot with a windows boot disk and type "fdisk /mbr". This will make windows bootable. Then boot with your Linux boot disk and reinstall LILO (You did make those boot disks right? ). You SHOULD be able to boot both OS's with LILO again.
 
Old 01-03-2001, 03:15 AM   #4
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Thanks for the help, but I found a way to access the first partition and make the backup, with a Win98 bootdisk. fdisk /mbr only repaires only the Master Boot Record, but the problem was mainly in the boot-sector of the first partition. Now I just reformated the *#! thing. And unfortunately, my computer has no room inside for a second disk. But things are working now.

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