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Old 02-07-2008, 06:29 PM   #1
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Wrong partition type- how to fix?


I was trying to install WinXP on a 10Gb partition (out of 160Gb) and of course XP decided to claim the entire disk. I stopped it and recovered my data but then Partimage said I had only one partition: NTFS.

So I deleted each partition until I had a completely empty hard drive. I used a System Rescue LiveCD to use gparted to format each new partition as ext3, then restored all my data. No Windows here, just Linux, all partitions ext3.

Then I started Partimage to do a backup and it STILL shows just one partition, NTFS again.

How do I get rid of this? Would be nice if I could just alter the MBR or something and keep all my data, but I'm willing to start all over, as long as the NTFS is finally gone!

Ideas?
 
Old 02-07-2008, 06:38 PM   #2
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So I deleted each partition until I had a completely empty hard drive. I used a System Rescue LiveCD to use gparted to format each new partition as ext3, then restored all my data. No Windows here, just Linux, all partitions ext3.

Then I started Partimage to do a backup and it STILL shows just one partition, NTFS again.
How did you restore the data? Did you use something like dd and restore the partition table as well as the data in the partitions? It sure looks like you restored the partition table to the old configuration.

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Old 02-07-2008, 06:44 PM   #3
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Well, yes, I'd use fdisk -l to find out which type the partitions are. I believe that the fdisk -t option allows switching partition types but you'll have to look it up to be sure.
 
Old 02-07-2008, 07:47 PM   #4
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I don't remember which apps I used. I mostly used INSERT and then used System Rescue. Insert did recover most (but not all) of my partitions. Actually, it recovered all my data partitions but none of my /root partitions.
 
Old 02-08-2008, 10:13 AM   #5
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I used testdisk to recover my partitions. I ran it again last night (from Insert LiveCD) and it found zero traces of an NTFS partition, yet partimage still sees just 1 Partition and it's NTFS.
 
  


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