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Old 10-20-2003, 06:50 AM   #1
Registered: Dec 2002
Location: Bucharest,RO
Distribution: debian etch, sarge and sid
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Angry Damn win - it broke my partition table

Long story short:
Had only linux, had wine, could not install MOHAA from wine, needed win to install, tried to install win98 and than win 95 - both failed.

The later messed _REALLY_BAD_ my partition table to the point I can't access any of the partitions. Garbaged data all over partition table.

Does anybody know a good tool or set of tools that could help me to rebuild from scratch my part-table in order not to lose the data on the hard-drive?

Is my only HDD and I can't afford to buy another new one, so don't propose something like
dd if=/dev/hdb of=/somefile_on_other_drive
to make an image of the present state of the hard drive....

F*** you and "thank you" MR. B.Gates and your bull-s*** so called OSes!!!

Old 10-20-2003, 07:41 AM   #2
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Location: Edinburgh, Scotland
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If you know how large the partitions are then fdisk will allow you to create a partition table which has partitions which match up exactly with the old data. This should allow you to obtain your old data. Apart from this I don't know of any software which will do this automatically.
Old 10-20-2003, 09:27 AM   #3
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Location: Netherlands
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Maybe take a look at gpart , it once saved a messed up
drive, it really did a great job on it.
see this;
for more info and get the rpm.
And if i recall this, it maybe on the knoppix 3.3 cd also.

Good luck
Old 10-21-2003, 02:52 AM   #4
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Thanks guys!

I managed yesterday to recover everything, but at the end of the day (the devil made me) I tried to install the M$$hit 98 and messed my partition again...

I used diskedit - a tool for dos. It does not recognise linux partitions but you can specify the type by hand (83)

I will try and succed to reciver the partions again.

I say damn M$$HIT and ..... (I would go on for hours)

I concluded that the reason is the fact that win9x can't have the "C:" drive further than 2GB. I knew there was a limit, but I never realised that a wrap-around would be so harmful.



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