Latest LQ Deal: Complete CCNA, CCNP & Red Hat Certification Training Bundle
Go Back > Forums > Linux Forums > Linux - General
User Name
Linux - General This Linux forum is for general Linux questions and discussion.
If it is Linux Related and doesn't seem to fit in any other forum then this is the place.


  Search this Thread
Old 09-19-2004, 07:38 PM   #1
Registered: Apr 2003
Posts: 225

Rep: Reputation: 30
Norton Partition Magic 8.0 Error 117

Hi. I have run Norton Partition Magic to split up my hard drive into 3 partitions and used it to install Linux.. everything seems okay.. but I realized I made the Linux partition too big and decided that it would be better to resize the partition.. when I opened Partition magic I got a few erros saying that something was out of place or something bout the partition and asked me if i wanted to fix it and i said Yes. I got a few more and i kept clicking yes... now I get an error which said:

Init failed: Error 117.
Partition's drive letter cannot be identified

Does anybody know how I can fix this without a reinstall of windows? Thanks!
Old 10-14-2004, 03:08 PM   #2
Registered: Feb 2004
Location: Canada
Distribution: FC3
Posts: 73

Rep: Reputation: 15
i am having the exact same problem. i am dual booting xp and fedora core 2 and i want to reduce the size of my linux partition and increase the size of my xp partition. partition magic detected two errors and fixed them both. now it just returns

Init failed: Error 117.
Partition's drive letter cannot be identified

did you get your hdd fixed saiz66? anyone have any ideas. tia.
Old 10-14-2004, 04:12 PM   #3
Registered: Sep 2003
Location: Manchester UK
Posts: 264

Rep: Reputation: 30
Yes, I also had this exact same problem, and it is to do with the way the 2.6 Kernel reads the partition table.

To fix it, you have to manually change your partition table ever so slightly, (it's non-damaging), and I recommend you use something like Knoppix for this so you aren't actually accessing the drive when you do it.

su to root in Knoppix, and pass the following command:
root@machine$ sfdisk -d /dev/hda | sfdisk --no-reread -H255 /dev/hda --force
Note: setting the heads of the drive "-H255" is correct for MOST drives, but not all, but even if you get it wrong, you will just still get error 117 ion Partition Magic 8

Hope it helps!

(this was covered here: where I got it from)

Last edited by morrolan; 10-14-2004 at 04:15 PM.
Old 10-31-2004, 01:34 PM   #4
LQ Newbie
Registered: Apr 2004
Location: UK
Distribution: Fedora
Posts: 7

Rep: Reputation: 0
This didn't work for me, still get error. I got around it by deleting my linux /boot, root and swap partitions and PM8/Ghost work ok. A bit more info given at which also states how to install fedora without it messing with CHS. I'll reinstall Fedora as recommended i.e. not touching MBR, using Windoz as boot loader and installing Fedora passing CHS as an argument. I wouldn't normally bother except that PM8 and Ghost are excellent programs. Hopefully this will work!

Last edited by johnc10; 11-01-2004 at 12:25 PM.


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Grub error after partition magic Irving Linux - Software 4 06-21-2004 03:56 PM
Linux Disaster - Partition Magic Error #1201 Kujila Linux - Software 7 02-03-2004 11:31 PM
Partition Magic address error VKellyV Linux - Newbie 1 08-13-2003 12:16 AM
Norton Ghost for linux? Partition software needed. square_eyes Linux - Software 2 07-12-2003 07:01 AM
How do I install slackware on a partition made by partition magic in windows bling bling Slackware 4 06-28-2003 11:16 PM > Forums > Linux Forums > Linux - General

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 12:36 PM.

Main Menu
Write for LQ is looking for people interested in writing Editorials, Articles, Reviews, and more. If you'd like to contribute content, let us know.
Main Menu
RSS1  Latest Threads
RSS1  LQ News
Twitter: @linuxquestions
Facebook: linuxquestions Google+: linuxquestions
Open Source Consulting | Domain Registration