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Old 01-01-2003, 03:50 AM   #16
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Originally posted by MasterC
What knoppix, or Tom'sRTB, or any other non-hd distro will do is allow you to recover your information to a readable state, or even better, to a CDRW/CDR.

Knoppix is only ran from the CD, no HD is needed, so there really is no boot option or dual boot option AFAIK.
I've got to give Knopplix a try, it would be a blast to boot it up at work and show it off.

Old 01-01-2003, 03:55 AM   #17
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Re: Well, I blew it and it is irreversible

Originally posted by shantor
I thought I had the correct answer. After comparing the non-bootable hd with the hd on the second computer which is running windows, I made a change using the Ranish partition manager file. All that I accomplished was to create a hd that cannot be fixed with finesse. The sectors changed, as did the formatting. (not that I have much finesse computerwise anyway).

Who would have thought that switching from fat 32 windows to fat 32 windows lba (which was how the working hd on the other computer was identified) would change the format to one that is not recognizable? Ok I am sure many would have figured it out, I just wish I was one of them.
Changing the partition type doesn't actually change the data on the drive, you haven't hurt anything up to this point.

Oh well.

I will have to format the hard drive and start over from scratch.
There comes a time when it's time to throw in the towel and move on. Sorry.

Thanks to MasterC and rootboy for time spent and information provided. I think I am done with this thread. Cya all on another post hehe


Old 01-20-2003, 06:32 AM   #18
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Talking Final Post on this thread

I know, I know. I said my previous post on this thread would be my last post, but this one is likely (hedging bets here) to be the last one.

After the hard drive showed bizarre information, or no information at all, I almost gave up and was going to let an advanced linux/windows user try to help me out. Unfortunately, he was out of the country.

I recently purchased another hard drive, which was the same manufacture as the other one, formatted it using fat32 and loaded Windows XP (dont cringe) on it. Then I connected the non-accessable hard drive. Much to my surprise, I was able to access the hard drive and get the needed files off it!!!

Within the next few months, I anticipate getting a new computer and loading linux on that computer. That way, if there are any problems, they will not be so disruptive as this one had been.

A final thanks to rootboy and MasterC, just wanted you to know how this whole thing ended.

Old 01-21-2003, 02:13 AM   #19
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