Originally Posted by qwack
Thanks for that on line with the machine now "Sudo cfdisk" generates the error messages
[FATAL ERROR:Bad primary partition 0: Partition ends Before Sector O
Press any key to exit cfdisk ]
not sure what that means and what tool to use to correct it - using MSDOS based tools( fdisk etc ) harddrive formats and deformats freely and is accessable without apparent errors for loading OS like windows 2000
I have an older 3.x version of DSL right now. At the DSL site it seems they have both a 3.x and 4.x going right now?
From the version I have I can open a "DSL System Stats" from the right click menu on the desktop System -> System Stats (or click the "DSLpanel" icon and then the System Stats button). It lists the DSL version.
From System -> Mount Tool I get a strange "mount tool". Clicking on the top button goes through available drives. Clicking on the second button changes the status between unmounted and mounted.
These tools could be different on your newer version.
A post on the DSL Forum
discusses a similar partition issue.
Among the suggestions try the more proper "sudo cfdisk /dev/hda"; or "sudo cfdisk -z /dev/hda" to ignore the partition table.
Run the hard drive manufacturer's drive utility if you find you need to rule out the status of the hard drive itself.
EDIT: I might as well mention that the Ultimate Boot CD
has hard disk tools as well as lots of other stuff.