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Old 05-26-2006, 08:27 PM   #1
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ubuntu TOC Hdd error

My Asus AMD64 laptop had a dual boot XP pro corp. and Ubuntu from 2005 running fine. I decided to nuke the drive so I loaded mepis live CD, using the GUI I killed the partitions and formated them as Fat32 for ease. When installing XP the setup saw the full 60G drive, and installed fine. After the setup when in the gui the drive reads as 30gb, with no other partition visible. So I load Mepis Live again, and I can only see 30G. After trying just about everything, different f-disk, different OS, I find that only Ubuntu can see the full 60g. Disk recovery software cannot remedy the problem. Ive even low level formated the drive and still, Ill I see is 30 gigs!
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I'm going to assume you have two partitions, one for linux and one for MS Windows XP. I'm also going to assume you installed MS Windows, and afterward installed Ubuntu. From your post it appears Ubuntu can "see" both partitions. It also appears that MS Windows XP can only "see" its own partition. I have seen where MS Windows could not read a filesystem simply because linux was installed on it. Are you sure Ubuntu didn't format the partition you previously formatted FAT32 with something different. Linux install programs usually format a partition for linux to go on. If you don't explicitly exclude this step the linux partition is probably ext3, which MS Windows XP will not read. I don't believe Unbuntu will install on a FAT32 partition, normally. There may be some way to do it, but I've never seen it done. What I would suggest is use native file systems for Ubuntu(ext3) and XP(ntfs), and have XP visible from linux, but not vice versa. You might be trying to get a little too much out of such a small HDD. FAT32 has no journalling, so when it blows its gone.


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