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Old 04-26-2004, 04:00 PM   #1
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Windows partition hidden - how to change this?

I used Partition Magic to partition the hard drive and then successfully installed Redhat onto the computer. Unfortunately, grub doesn't recognize Windows XP AT ALL.

So, first, I changed grub.conf, adding these lines:

title Windows XP
        rootnoverify (hd0,0)
        chainloader +1
Now Windows XP does appear and the loading screen for XP appears as well, but then it gives me an error that says:

xmnt2002 program not found - skipping autochk
autochk program not found - skipping autochk
So, I went back to Linux and typed fdisk -l and saw this:

Disk /dev/hda: 60.0 GB, 60040544256 bytes
240 heads, 63 sectors/track, 7755 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 15120 * 512 = 7741440 bytes
   Device Boot    Start       End    Blocks   Id  System
/dev/hda1   *        69      4521  33664648+  17  Hidden HPFS/NTFS
/dev/hda2             1        14    105808+  83  Linux
/dev/hda3          4522      7686  23927400   83  Linux
/dev/hda4          7687      7755    521640    f  Win95 Ext'd (LBA)
/dev/hda5          7687      7755    521608+  82  Linux swap
Partition table entries are not in disk order
For some reason, /dev/hda1, which is my Windows partition, is hidden!

Can anyone please help me? I want to make it visible. I've done google searches and it seems that everyone who has had the same problem as me solved it by making the partition visible, but they never disclosed their method. One of them used a Partition Magic boot disk, but I don't have one. Are there any other methods to doing this? Someone mentioned using one of Linux's fdisk utilities to make it visible, but I don't know which one and what commands they used.

Any help would be appreciated!
Old 04-26-2004, 05:07 PM   #2
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u could change the partition type with fdisk
give fdisk /dev/hda
Inside fidisk by pressing 't' u could change the partition's id (partition type)
giving the partition type to HPFS/NTFS wont corrupt the partion since Hidden HPFS/NTFS and HPFS/NTFS have the same layout

Last edited by 7ux_spirit; 04-26-2004 at 05:14 PM.
Old 04-26-2004, 05:41 PM   #3
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Thank you! That worked perfectly!


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