i tried knoppix, but as the MBR only has knowledge of /dev/hda1 - fat32, nothing else. Its no use.
ok, adding -v to gpart gives me more detailed info. e.g: an excerpt for the gpart log:-
Possible partition (DOS FAT), size(2008mb), offset (1529mb)
type: 006(0x06) (Primary 'big" DOS (> 32MB))
size: 2008mb #s(4112577) s(3132738-7245314)
chs: (195/1/1)-(450/254/63)d (195/1/1)-(450/254/63)r
hex: 00 01 01 C3 06 FE 7F C2 42 CD 2F 00 C1 C0 3E 00
this shows the start and end sector of the partition along with the size and also the start and end cyl. Can anyone tell me what the hex: line means.
Also, looks like had created more than one primary partition. I just wanted to know if the order of the primary and extended partitions matter. (when i first bought the pc, 40 gb looked like a lot and i did not (unknowingly) use the full size for the extended partition. And as its been over 3 years i dont remember exactly what i did
The entry for the extended partition does not cover the remainder of the entire disk (as I vaugely remember creating it like that)
So if a primary partition is created and then an extended partition followed with another primary, will it matter? or do the primaries need to created sequentially first, followed by the extended one last.
I will be creating the partitions according to the sector numbers.
am I proceeding on the right track ????
P.S. I promise to reformat the entire disk and have just 3/4 partitions *AFTER* I (hopefully) get my old partitions and data back.
Should i include the output of gpart for some guru to better understand what i'm talking about....
thanks again guys, I know I'll receive the correct guidance here.