LinuxQuestions.org
Welcome to the most active Linux Forum on the web.
Go Back   LinuxQuestions.org > Forums > Linux Forums > Linux - Newbie
User Name
Password
Linux - Newbie This Linux forum is for members that are new to Linux.
Just starting out and have a question? If it is not in the man pages or the how-to's this is the place!

Notices


Reply
  Search this Thread
Old 11-21-2004, 01:22 PM   #1
HGeneAnthony
Member
 
Registered: Mar 2003
Posts: 178

Rep: Reputation: 30
My Hard Drive Will Only Format Correctly W/mandrake


I have a 200GB Western Digital hard drive. I have Windows XP partitions of 1 50GB NTFS, and 3 30GB FAT32. I've been using Mandrake for awhile now but frankly I don't want to because I think it's clunky and I don't care for their release schedule. In any case I've tried installing Fedora Core 3, Suse 9.1, and CentOS 3.3 on my drive trying to replace it. All these distros caused me to get an immediate blue screen of death on Windows bootup. In fact if I go into my Windows install CD it only shows 130GB unformatted. However if I install Mandrake 10.1 Community the installer will show all the Windows partitions and Windows will work. I've heard of issues with the 2.6 kernel but CentOS is based off the 2.4 kernel. On top of that even if I don't install a boot loader it'll act the same. In fact I wiped my drive clean with this command dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/hda count=1 bs=512 && sync && echo done. I went into Partition Magic and was setting up the partitions again. I used their partition tool to create the linux partitions and I got the same damn error even though I just formatted the drive. I also used Gentoo to format the drive after booting the 2.4 kernel same damn thing. I put Mandrake 10.1 Community in and created and formatted the partitions went back into the Windows installer and all Windows partitions were available again. Why would Mandrake work and nothing else seems to?
 
Old 11-21-2004, 01:27 PM   #2
damicatz
Member
 
Registered: May 2004
Distribution: FreeBSD 7, Debian "Squeeze", OpenBSD 4.5
Posts: 167

Rep: Reputation: 30
I belive that it actually was a GRUB problem, not a 2.6 kernel problem. I'm not using Windows but if I remember correctly you have to change the hard drive mode in your BIOS from CHS to LBA (or vice versa) to get it to boot. It's possible Mandrake has applied a workaround that is perhaps removed when you remove Mandrake (and as a result, probably replace the boot loader). Try going into your BIOS Setup and toggling your hard drive mode from CHS to LBA or vice versa.

Also, what does the blue screen in Windows say?
 
Old 11-21-2004, 02:13 PM   #3
HGeneAnthony
Member
 
Registered: Mar 2003
Posts: 178

Original Poster
Rep: Reputation: 30
Reply

It say UNMOUNTABLE_BOOT_VOLUME. I also generally pick LILO over GRUB. But I've done both. Besides don't forget I formatted in Partition Magic with the same error without even installing anything. My BIOS, for the hard drive, has Type Auto with LBA Mode: Supported, Block Mode: 16 Sectors, PIO Mode: Mode 4, Ultra DMA: Mode 5, Cable Detected 80 Conductor. It also has 200GB as maximum capacity. I can change the type to User which allows me to change the LBA/Large Mode to Auto or Disabled, Block Mode to Auto or Disabled, PIO Mode to Auto or 0-4, DMA Mode to Auto or a list of other selections (don't feel like typing out unless needed), or S.M.A.R.T. to Auto, Enabled, or Disabled. What do you think?
 
Old 11-21-2004, 02:40 PM   #4
HGeneAnthony
Member
 
Registered: Mar 2003
Posts: 178

Original Poster
Rep: Reputation: 30
Reply

I should also mention that even though I get the BSOD if I format the partitions in Partition Magic without anything else as soon as I delete the Linux partitions Windows will boot.
 
Old 11-21-2004, 03:24 PM   #5
HGeneAnthony
Member
 
Registered: Mar 2003
Posts: 178

Original Poster
Rep: Reputation: 30
Reply

I figured out the problem. I tried a lot of partition schemes to see what worked and what didn't. My original scheme had:

C: NTFS 50B Primary
Extended
D: FAT32 30GB Logical
E: FAT32 30GB Logical
F: FAT32 30GB Logical
G: Linux Swap 1GB Primary
H: Linux Ext32 15GB Primary

This would crash the system. If I changed it to:

C: NTFS 50B Primary
D: Linux Swap 1GB Primary
E: Linux Ext32 15GB Primary
Extended
F: FAT32 30GB Logical
G: FAT32 30GB Logical
H: FAT32 30GB Logical

It worked. I know Extended counts as a primary partition and you are allowed 4 but I thought any other primaries needed to come before it in the table but with Primary, Logical, Primary it still seemed to work though. It's only with the first partition that I had issues. In case your wondering why I used 3 30GB FAT32 partitions it's so I had read/write access to them under Windows.
 
  


Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off



Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
format a hard drive (/dev/hda1) in Reiser fs format Linh Linux - General 7 06-17-2009 07:30 AM
Format hard drive uzerfrendly Linux - Hardware 9 02-24-2005 11:07 PM
Format hard drive Mandrake? ddrfreak Mandriva 7 12-27-2004 11:00 PM
format hard drive mav69_1999 Linux - Newbie 5 07-08-2004 05:53 PM
hard drive space is not being reported correctly IceGrill Linux - General 3 12-03-2002 05:07 PM


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 10:31 AM.

Main Menu
Advertisement
My LQ
Write for LQ
LinuxQuestions.org is looking for people interested in writing Editorials, Articles, Reviews, and more. If you'd like to contribute content, let us know.
Main Menu
Syndicate
RSS1  Latest Threads
RSS1  LQ News
Twitter: @linuxquestions
Facebook: linuxquestions Google+: linuxquestions
Open Source Consulting | Domain Registration