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Old 12-11-2003, 11:19 PM   #1
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Location: Mississauga
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repartition problem

Hey everyone,

I have what I consider to be a serious problem. Here's the story. I originally had Slackware 9.1 installed, then I decided to create a partition to try LFS. It worked like a charm so I decided to move some partitions around in order to continue building on it. I use PartitionMagic to do my partitioning. During my last PM run, it found an error right when it was resizing and moving my LFS partition. I don't quite remember, but I think it said

%ul something illegal %ul (I know that that's pretty useless, I wish I'd written it down, but it was quite a panic situation at the time)

So, to make a long story short, I had some trouble booting back into Windows but now that I'm here, I opened up my PM window and I'm lost now. My LFS partition cannot be manipulated by PM anymore. In the graphical window it shows up as "Other", but in the list it says ext2 (it was ext3 before, so it's messed). My question now is very simple, yet quite important. Is there any possible way for me to repair the partition? If not, is there any way for me to access it so I can grab my installation? I spent every night for 9 days installing it, and I'd hate to lose it. If anyone has any thoughts, don't hesitate. I'm open to all ideas, including those that would suggest that I shouldn't have used PM in the first place...

Old 12-12-2003, 04:00 AM   #2
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use a linux boot disk and use fdisk to mark the partition as type ext3 and write it out to the disk. it is not recommeneded to use partitionmagic for linux partititions, despite the support they have for them....i've lost about 5 partitions this way myself. linux tools for linux, windows tools for windows.
Old 12-12-2003, 07:09 AM   #3
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in light of other tools, is there a comprehensive guide to how to use fdisk for linux? i'd really like to learn
Old 12-12-2003, 08:46 AM   #4
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I found that the Slackware install program has a great guide for using fdisk and cfdisk. i find cfdisk to be more intuitive to use


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