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Old 08-21-2004, 10:17 AM   #1
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Bad Partition Table?

Hey guys,

So this past week, I fdisk'd and formatted my laptop and then installed XP. The hard drive is 30gb, I alotted 20 for XP and 10 for FC2.

On a previous install on this same laptop, I received no errors while installing FC2; however, this time around I received the "bad partition table" and the "it's safe to ignore" message. I've done a lot of reading about it but nothing seems to relate to my problem:

I went ahead with the install and everything boots and works perfectly. There are no hard disk errors as checked with scandisk and chkdsk. Because I am a bit compulsive with my computer, I fdisk'd and formatted the computer again and, before attempting to install xp, put the FC2 cd into my drive. Of course, I received no bad partition error. Finally, I attempted to repartition with the XP setup (which is obviously a variation of fdisk) and then when I attempt to run the FC2 setup, I get the error again.

Granted, everything works, but I want to know what has caused this problem. Is it just the software misreading something or do I really have a problem with my drive?

I've done fdisk, fdisk /mbr, and even used Linux fdisk to see what's going on - the only error I get in linux is that the cylinders are greater than 1024.

What's the deal??

Thanks guys,

Oh, and for reference, I have a Dell Latitude d600. I have dual booted with XP and FC2 previously and received no error. Only this time around have I received errors.
Old 08-21-2004, 10:51 AM   #2
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hi there

can u post the output of

#fdisk -l

Old 08-21-2004, 11:03 AM   #3
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I'm sorry - I don't have access to that system right now. I did do some output of the fdisk data last night. It said that something to the extent of...
"You have [x amount] cylinders which is more than 1024. This is okay..."


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