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Old 02-16-2015, 12:45 PM   #31
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Disk /dev/sdb: 640.1 GB, 640135028736 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 77825 cylinders, total 1250263728 sectors
Units = sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes
Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
I/O size (minimum/optimal): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
Disk identifier: 0xc4102f2e

Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
/dev/sdb1 * 203929110 469740599 132905745 7 HPFS/NTFS/exFAT
/dev/sdb2 469756658 687919364 109081353+ 7 HPFS/NTFS/exFAT
/dev/sdb3 687919428 893358584 102719578+ 7 HPFS/NTFS/exFAT
/dev/sdb4 65 1249616024 624807980 f W95 Ext'd (LBA)
/dev/sdb5 128 203929109 101964491 7 HPFS/NTFS/exFAT
/dev/sdb6 893358648 1016223704 61432528+ 7 HPFS/NTFS/exFAT
/dev/sdb7 1016239828 1249616024 116688098+ 7 HPFS/NTFS/exFAT

Partition table entries are not in disk order
ubuntu@ubuntu:~$
Is it a problem where it says, "Partition table entries are not in disk order?"
What about the apparent space between the end of sdb5 and the start of sdb6?
 
Old 02-16-2015, 12:49 PM   #32
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ubuntu@ubuntu:~$ sudo fdisk -lu /dev/sda

Disk /dev/sda: 1000.2 GB, 1000204886016 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 121601 cylinders, total 1953525168 sectors
Units = sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes
Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
I/O size (minimum/optimal): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
Disk identifier: 0x5d7d47e1

Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
/dev/sda1 * 63 287547434 143773686 7 HPFS/NTFS/exFAT
/dev/sda2 287547435 532876049 122664307+ 7 HPFS/NTFS/exFAT
/dev/sda3 532876050 778204664 122664307+ 7 HPFS/NTFS/exFAT
/dev/sda4 778204666 1953520064 587657699+ 5 Extended
/dev/sda5 778204729 1953520064 587657668 7 HPFS/NTFS/exFAT
ubuntu@ubuntu:~$

This is my 1tb disk.
 
Old 02-16-2015, 12:52 PM   #33
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gparted shows all my sdb disk 596.16gb as unallocated.
 
Old 02-16-2015, 01:42 PM   #34
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Your problem is sdb, which has primary partitions 1, 2, and 3 all existing within the extended partition sdb4. Physically, they lie between partitions sdb5 and sdb6, so it's all working, but no partitioning tool is going to accept that. I can't think of a clean way to fix that other than saving all the data elsewhere and repartitioning the drive.
 
Old 02-16-2015, 01:59 PM   #35
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I can't think of a clean way to fix that other than saving all the data elsewhere and repartitioning the drive.
Well, there exist disk editing tools that can help you correct this error, but in any case, even if you use such a tool, it would be wise to backup all of the data elsewhere, because you never can tell if the problem really will get solved.

Having said that, I agree that the only really clean way must be repartioning the disk.
 
Old 02-16-2015, 05:26 PM   #36
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Westeren Digital Diagnostics returned a Pass for the same disk after a 2 hour extended test.
It did not show up as unallocated in Ubuntu OS after returning the following error messages that I don't understand. I have all my partitions backed up to a 2tb external hard drive using Acronis True Image boot cd.

[sudo] password for arch:
Failed to get D-Bus connection: No connection to service manager.
Too few arguments.
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libparted : 3.2
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Can't have overlapping partitions.
 
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Your problem is sdb, which has primary partitions 1, 2, and 3 all existing within the extended partition sdb4. Physically, they lie between partitions sdb5 and sdb6, so it's all working, but no partitioning tool is going to accept that. I can't think of a clean way to fix that other than saving all the data elsewhere and repartitioning the drive.
I am wondering how I ended up with these three primary paritions being located inside the single extended partition. What is the typical way that sort of thing happens? There are no linux partitions on that disk so I would have created the respective partitions after shrinking a larger partition but before installing the Windows OS's which I would have installed one at a time. I would have had no reason to intentially create an extended partition.
 
Old 02-16-2015, 06:20 PM   #38
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I am wondering how I ended up with these three primary paritions being located inside the single extended partition. What is the typical way that sort of thing happens? There are no linux partitions on that disk so I would have created the respective partitions after shrinking a larger partition but before installing the Windows OS's which I would have installed one at a time. I would have had no reason to intentially create an extended partition.
You cannot have more than 4 primary partitions on an MBR disk, so to have your 6 data partitions you would have to create an extended partition. I don't know of any tool besides sfdisk with the "--force" option that would allow you to set up the partitions the way they are ("-f or --force: Do what I say, even if it is stupid.'). If it happened during a Windows installation, talk to Microsoft. A Google search shows that others have had a similar problem.
 
Old 02-17-2015, 11:18 AM   #39
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The strange thing is that Windows partitioning software such as EaseUS disk manager and Windows Disk Management do not show all the same unallocated spaces as Gparted in Linux does. Being that all my disks are move than 5 years old, they are likely to fail sooner rather than later.
 
Old 02-17-2015, 04:50 PM   #40
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Are you saying that the command like tool in Windows diskpart isn't in agreement with Gparted?
 
Old 02-18-2015, 12:48 PM   #41
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I have not used diskpart. I generally use the graphical application called Easeus Partition Manager which allows automatic resizing of partitions as well as the recovery of accidental partition deletions. I occasionally also look at the administrative options for computer disk management which comes with all versions of Windows but can do a bit more in the more recent versions of Windows. What I am saying is that I have seen all kinds of information in Gparted regarding my 640gb hard drive such as unallocated partitions (sometimes it reports the whole disk as unallocated, other times it shows unallocated partitions in between allocated ones) that I have not seen in the optional Easeus Partition Manager or the basic Disk Management tool in various Windows operating systems. Most of these issues seem to have coincided with the installation of the last Linux OS (Linux Mate 14.04) which chose to select and automatically reformat my single 5gb swap partition sdc5 during installation. This had nothing to do with the larger sdb disk, though, only with the partitions can't overlap messages when I open Gparted in Linux.
 
Old 02-18-2015, 03:03 PM   #42
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Geometry can't change between apps. The geometry has to be read exactly the same as it is a static number.

One of your apps is faulty. I'd assume this one "Easeus Partition Manager".

Overlapping partitions just don't happen anymore for most people.

Anyway, seems you are happy it is fixed.
 
  


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