"partition table too corrupt for me"- error
Ok here's my scenario:
I had WindowsXP installed on a 40GB drive [NTFS partition]. So first time,
i booted with the Mandrake 10 CE and on install it gave me the error "partition table too corrupt for me". The only option i had was to let mandrake delete the 'bad partitions'. The first time i did this, it wiped my WindowsXP completely and installed Mandrake on a brand new 40GB partition. After a few issues, i had to format and re-install WinXP, so now i was back where i started, the installer STILL gave the same error.
So i went further, i went in WinXP, got Partition Magic 8, and resized the NTFS partition into 30GB and 10GB 'empty space' at the end of the NTFS partition. I booted Mandrake install and AGAIN it just whined about corrupt partition table. So now i'm too afraid to let it 'delete bad partitions' because i think it's going to delete ALL my partitions.
So i decided to get Fedora Core 1, i booted up with it, and it had an error when i selected 'automatic paritioning'. I then selected 'manual partitioning' and it gave me my paritition table with my NTFS partition and the empty space. I then made a swap partiion and an ext3 partiion using the empty space and mounted "/". Fedora installed fine , working no problem, great.
So now decide to boot with Mandrake 10 again, hoping it'll now be happy because there is a GRUB bootloader able to boot WinXP and Fedora and all that, but no, AGAIN it gives me the partition table error. There's no 'manual' option nothing and i'm left with the only option to wipe all the 'bad partitions' again.
What do i do? I don't want to loose my WinXP partition. The 10GB partition now have Fedora Core 1 on it, and i want to install Mandrake over that, but can't.
Is there an option to get to a similar window like Fedoras DRUID partition manager?
I read somewhere it might be the 2.6 kernel? Fedora Core 1 still uses the 2.4 kernell, but the first 'clean' Mandrake install ran fine on the 2.6 kernel if i let it wipe my complete HD.