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Old 07-30-2004, 09:34 PM   #1
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Question Linux and Ghost

I've been setting up my new home workstation for the last week or so. I explored the possibilities of using RAID1 for the pc but had "issues" which now have made me reluctant to depend on it for backup/redundancy. I looked into partimage, but it seems that it would be a lot of work to backup six partitions with an image per partition...

I've used Ghost quite a bit over the last several years and I decided to try it. I cfdisk'd my second now unused raid1 disk and created one partition on it and then a FAT32 fs.

Now, this evening I "broke" my Debian Sid install :-(... I did something stupid as root (not rm -r /, but almost as dumb!). No boot. Kernel panic. No recover with boot disk or Knoppix. I then restored my Ghost image.

I finished the restore and rebooted and voila, it came up fine. Everything appears to be there and working, but there is an odditie. Here is the output of fdisk -l:

Disk /dev/sda: 18.3 GB, 18373349376 bytes
64 heads, 32 sectors/track, 17522 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 2048 * 512 = 1048576 bytes

Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
/dev/sda1 * 1 257 263152 83 Linux
/dev/sda2 258 2305 2097152 82 Linux swap
/dev/sda3 2306 4353 2097152 83 Linux
/dev/sda4 4354 17521 13484032 f W95 Ext'd (LBA)
/dev/sda5 4354 5378 1049584 83 Linux
/dev/sda6 5379 6403 1049584 83 Linux
/dev/sda7 6404 15472 9286640 83 Linux
/dev/sda8 15473 17521 2098160 83 Linux

If you notice, I now have /dev/sda4 which is my "extended partition" for the logical partitions. Fdisk -l used to just report sda1,sda2,sda3,sda5,sda6,sda7 and sda8. (You might also notice the "missing" cylinder at /dev/sda8)

Do I need to worry about it? Things seem to be working fine (I typing thins on the workstation in Mozilla right now) but I'm concerned. Do you think this is just a "marker" that Ghost left in the partition table or??? I'm using Ghost 2003 if that makes a difference?

Thanks in advance for your help!
Old 07-30-2004, 09:46 PM   #2
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just to give you a heads-up, a mod will probably close this for crossposting (against the rules you should just post each topic once.


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