"Fdisk error" when installing Mandrake 6.1
I was trying to install Linux Mandrake 6.1 on my hard disk (a Maxtor 6E040L0) which is divided into two NTFS partitions, one named "C" of 34 GB, with Windows XP installed on it, and the other, named "E", empty, on which I meant to install Linux. I have also another hard disk, a Quantum Fireballp AS20.5, with one FAT32 partition named "D".
When asked wheter to use Disk Druid or Fdisk, whichever answer I choose a window appears, whose title is "Fdisk error" and whose text is "An error occurred reading the partition table for the block device hda. The error was: No such file or directory." If I select "Skip" I can only see only the partition table of disk D.
Can I solve this without losing the data on partition C?