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Old 09-09-2002, 05:31 PM   #1
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Having Trouble repartitioning XP NTFS Partition!

Hello everyone. I am very excited to getting Suse Linux installed in my system. I went out and snagged Partition Magic 7.01 to repartition my NTFS file system (80GB, one large XP NTFS partition). So I throw the program on my computer. BAMMMMMM!

"Int Failed: Error 117.

Partition's drive letter cannot be identified"

Ok, i'm cool with that... I guess I'll just try using the boot floppies that it reccomended on the web site. So i make my disks, reboot, and start up PQBOOT. It starts up, and the entire partition is yellow and reads:

"Partition table error #108 found"

DAMNIT!!! Why is this not working? Can somone please help me out? I really DON'T want to have to use fdisk to get this thing working, but If it's my last resort I will.

Thanks everyone! Please try to help me get going with this!! I greatly appriciate it!!

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Old 09-09-2002, 05:45 PM   #2
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It looks that Partition Magic messed your partition table.
You can check if it's readable using fdisk (not deleting etc, but just to check if fdisk can read it). I'd suggest Linux fdisk (it doesn't support NTFS, but reads partitions better than a Windows one).
In case it's really broken (you can't read it), a repartitioning may be a must...
Old 09-10-2002, 04:41 PM   #3
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I had the exact same problem...
In the PM7 website you can find out what error 118 stands for...

I didn't bother... I fdisked hard drive and end of problem...
Allow a FAT 32 partition for stuff like MP3 and so... That way you can get access to it from either OS...
Old 09-29-2002, 01:39 AM   #4
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Can linux read a NTFS partition? If not they probably will make their next os all NTFS.
Old 09-29-2002, 02:06 AM   #5
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NTFS for XP is very propriatory (of course M$). Even PM 7 is seen
having trouble working with it. My suggestion to you would be
to get rid of that partition (infact get rid of XP if possible), create
at least 3 primary + 1 extended using any dos floppy drive, and
then go about installing whatever you want.
If I am not wrong, you can boot your computer with PM. If so,
then installation becomes easier.

If you are willing to do that, then here is some suggestion. Have
at least one FAT32 partition, that way you can read it and most
importantly write to it. It facilitates data tx between xp and linux.
Linux 's ability to write to NTFS is still in it's infancy and is still in
primitive state. It can read NTFS but not write to it. And as fas as
XP is concerned, Linux can't read XP NTFS partitions yet.
For Linux to read NTFS, the support needs to be built into kernel.
It's important to note that even though NTFS name remains same
the NTFS used by NT and 2k are different than that used by XP.
NTFS used by XP is supposed to be more secure (whatevern it
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Old 10-01-2002, 04:20 PM   #7
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thanks for the warning. I've been thinking of getting pm for my repartitioning. I think I am also having problems with the partition table so using pm won't work unless I plan to redo the entire drive, which fortunately for me I am.

I also thought about trying to reinstall WinXp because I'm having problems getting my Soundblaster Live! card to work. The more I think about it, the more I'm leaning on going back to trusty old Win2K.

So I'll leave WinXP alone for a while longer. I love the cool interface, but 2K works much better, so I'll keep it for now.
Old 11-28-2002, 08:00 AM   #8
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I had the error #117/108 problem after I had installed RH8.0, and found that I had to create another partition for /boot (or so I thought).

After a little searching on the web, running PM a couple of times, RH's fdisk, and looking a little closer on the numbers in the partition table, I found the problem: My ext2 partition started on the last sector of my NTFS partition. I have never used linux fdisk before, so I went back to PM's bootdisks, and found PTEDIT, which I used to manually edit the partition table, just putting in a number 1 larger than what was there before. PM now reads the hard drive like it should be. Just don't let PM try to undo your changes, as it is probably an error in PM's settings.



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