Originally Posted by kinetic
Is there a way to create a partition that doesn't start on a cylinder boundary?
I'm sorry, I'm not sure how to recover from this problem without losing data, but I can tell you what causes it: Using different partitioning tools to manage your partitions.
The problem you're experiencing is caused by using Microsoft's partitioning tools and then modifying your partitions with something else.
Microsoft's method of setting partitions must be very different from everyone else's. For this reason, I always use GNU fdisk from a Slackware installation disc to partition my drives, or manage/modify them. It doesn't matter what OS I'm going to install, or which filesystems I'm going to use, this is always
the first step whenever I install new drives.