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Old 08-08-2004, 04:33 PM   #46
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Is my understanding correct that this can't be prevented at all, as the alteration is done by the 2.6 kernel and in a shared drive space environment, its bound to happen anyway.

What I'm not clear is whether it happens "all the time" or only for some specific cases and if so, what're they. I couldn't find that out.
Old 08-08-2004, 04:53 PM   #47
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It happens only some of the time. Apparently, there are 2 possible ways to describe partitions: C/H/S which is cylinder/head/sector and LBA which I think stands for Logical Block Addressing. One of them is limited in the size of disk it could describe (probably like a 16-bit vs. 32-bit thing) so they went to the other system. The 2.6 kernel in some situations mis-interprets the data from one set and and then rewrites the partition table with different parameters. That confuses Windows. The instructions in the link you gave above tell how to get the parameters back to the ones Windows is happy with. Seems like Linux is happy either way.

I'm also not clear on when it happens and when it does not, but I think it happens with older machines and not so much with newer machines, or with older versions of Windows and not so much with newer versions of Windows. I saw somewhere instructions to switch BIOS settings from LBA off to on or vice versa (don't remember very well, sorry) as a way to avoid the issue, but I think our machines are locked into LBA on. And I think that is the ok way, but I'm not sure.
Old 08-08-2004, 09:21 PM   #48
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I started with much enthusiasm and am stuck I'm confused on the partitioning options given by FC2.

Have posted as a seperate thread in here

Do you've any suggestions.



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