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Old 05-31-2004, 01:32 PM   #1
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Partition problems


I wanted to create a FAT32 partition on my slave hard drive so I could reach it from windows. I used Mandrake's Diskdrake, and two partitions was created. These did not work for some reason. I installed Mdk 10 and I am telled at startup that they are bad, so they can't be mounted. If I remove them will I loose the data on the disk, right? Is there any whay to solve the problem?
 
Old 05-31-2004, 03:50 PM   #2
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Were the partitions only created or maybe they ware also formatted? Are they FAT32 or NTFS? Please also look into your /etc/fstab and if possible post the lines you have for them (they're on second disk - probably /dev/hdb, so the partitions are probably /dev/hdb1 and /dev/hdb5).

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Old 05-31-2004, 04:01 PM   #3
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Nothing was formatted. Diskdrake created one FAT32 partition and one smaller "auto" partition. The lines from the fstab file:

/dev/hdb2 /mnt/hd vfat defaults 0 0
/dev/hdb1 /mnt/hd1 auto defaults 0 0

Thanks for helping me Mara!
 
Old 05-31-2004, 04:20 PM   #4
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If they're not formatted, they won't be mounted - the structure doesn't exist. Format the partitions from Windows and then MDK should be able to mount them (or format from MDK...).
 
Old 05-31-2004, 04:28 PM   #5
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But if the structure doesn't exist, does that mean that I can remove the partitions again without loosing the data?
 
Old 05-31-2004, 04:52 PM   #6
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You can, if you have not copied anything important to them...But you can't copy if the partition is not formatted. I just don't know how to understand the 'loss of data', because it looks like there's no data on the two partitions.
 
Old 05-31-2004, 04:55 PM   #7
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What data is there to loose? Unless you went into the partitions from Windows and wrote something to them there shouldn't be any data on the partitions to lose.
 
Old 05-31-2004, 05:08 PM   #8
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Listen here guys! I am new to Linux and I am not so good at partitions. This is what I did: I had 20 gig data on my slave disk. I had no partitions on it. And I could not reach it from Windows. So I tried to create a FAT32-partition on it without formatting anything. I didn't know that this can't be done. And when I installed Mdk10 I couln't reach the files on it.
 
Old 06-01-2004, 05:35 AM   #9
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Maybe the partitions was created on the free space of the disk? So that the partitions are empty and the information is outside? I'm just guessing.
 
Old 06-01-2004, 09:43 AM   #10
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Olle. Do not know Mandrake or the patitioning tool u used, but if you have Windows loaded somewhere it should recognize a FAT partition. If windows doesnīt recognize it then you havenīt created a FAT partition. And probable just made a marker for the Mandrake partitioning program. If this is the case, and you havenīt run any formatting or "write to disk" functions you should be able to delete the "partition" and all will be the same as before you set it.
 
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Well, I deleted the partition, but now the hard drive isn't recognized by the system. Should I reinstall Mdk?
 
Old 06-01-2004, 06:31 PM   #12
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No. Don't reinstall. When you run from a console, as root (so after running 'su' command and typing in root password)
fdisk -l /dev/hdb
you should get something. It means the disk is seen (there's no reason to stop detecting a disk just because it has no partitions). Do you mean 'not detected' by not having a tab about the disk in Diskdrake?
 
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Now I have detected it. But I can't reach the files. Diskdrake only shows the empty space of the disk. I think I'm gonna let a computer store fix this for me. I'm not skilled enough to use Partition Magic or any of these programs. But thanks for the help!
 
  


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