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I wanted to create a FAT32 partition on my slave hard drive so I could reach it from windows. I used Mandrake's Diskdrake, and two partitions was created. These did not work for some reason. I installed Mdk 10 and I am telled at startup that they are bad, so they can't be mounted. If I remove them will I loose the data on the disk, right? Is there any whay to solve the problem?
Were the partitions only created or maybe they ware also formatted? Are they FAT32 or NTFS? Please also look into your /etc/fstab and if possible post the lines you have for them (they're on second disk - probably /dev/hdb, so the partitions are probably /dev/hdb1 and /dev/hdb5).
You can, if you have not copied anything important to them...But you can't copy if the partition is not formatted. I just don't know how to understand the 'loss of data', because it looks like there's no data on the two partitions.
Listen here guys! I am new to Linux and I am not so good at partitions. This is what I did: I had 20 gig data on my slave disk. I had no partitions on it. And I could not reach it from Windows. So I tried to create a FAT32-partition on it without formatting anything. I didn't know that this can't be done. And when I installed Mdk10 I couln't reach the files on it.
Olle. Do not know Mandrake or the patitioning tool u used, but if you have Windows loaded somewhere it should recognize a FAT partition. If windows doesnīt recognize it then you havenīt created a FAT partition. And probable just made a marker for the Mandrake partitioning program. If this is the case, and you havenīt run any formatting or "write to disk" functions you should be able to delete the "partition" and all will be the same as before you set it.
No. Don't reinstall. When you run from a console, as root (so after running 'su' command and typing in root password)
fdisk -l /dev/hdb
you should get something. It means the disk is seen (there's no reason to stop detecting a disk just because it has no partitions). Do you mean 'not detected' by not having a tab about the disk in Diskdrake?
Now I have detected it. But I can't reach the files. Diskdrake only shows the empty space of the disk. I think I'm gonna let a computer store fix this for me. I'm not skilled enough to use Partition Magic or any of these programs. But thanks for the help!