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Old 01-29-2002, 04:51 PM   #1
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Why is Windows on Crack?

Alright, this is a weird one. Last night I built a future penta-boot... right now I've got 4 OS's, 7 partitions, and 2 drives. Here's basically what cfdisk would output:

/dev/hda1 fat32 Windows 98 15Gb
/dev/hda2 ext2 Linux (slackware8) 15Gb
/dev/hda3 ufs FreeBSD4.4 5Gb
/dev/hda4 ext2 Linux (spare space for LFS) 4.7Gb
/dev/hda5 LinuxSwap 300Megs or so...

/dev/hdc1 ext2 (Old Linux install... still valid, just going to house a flavor of the day distro) 2.6Gb
/dev/hdc2 LinuxSwap 200Megs-ish

Now lets basically ignore the second dinky drive... FreeBSD sees that it has 5Gb. Slackware sees that it has 15Gb (This is the first time I've installed KDE by the way... 5 minutes after fiddling with KDE and I've decided Gnome can eat my shorts for good. Damn you, damn you RedHat for getting me started fiddling with the wrong desktop manager!) Slackware can also mount the future LFS location and 'df' shows that the mount has 4.7 Gb. Everything's fine.

Windows... In windows sees the whole drive! It's showing me yadya 300Meg used of 40... Is this normal? I've only ever dual-booted before with each OS having its own drive and not being able to see the other's unless I told it to.

Also, in slackware, when I mount the windows partition... 'df' reports that windows has 40Gb, and that slack has 15, and the LFS partition has 4.7! er... I don't have a 60Gb drive. Its only 40, I'm certain.

Is this a normal oddity, and is there a way to talk windows down from the ledge without re-installing it, which just makes me feel far too dirty.

Yeah, yeah, yeah, ditch windows... I know, I've done it mostly, 1/5 of 1 computer in a house of 10 is only a 2% Bill lifestyle, but I don't feel like mucking about with DRI, Wine, and OpenGL for the next three weeks in order to get Diablo II to run like crap on Linux... I should just buy a playstation 2. Anyway, sorry for my lack of brevity, but I'm wordy.

Oh, yes, and every version of fdisk between all 3 OS's sees the partition information as the same.



PS... It was nice to find that the Lilo that ships on Slack8 is exactly 3 minor versions past the point where the 1024 limit was knocked out... this was really easy to set-up.

Last edited by finegan; 01-29-2002 at 05:19 PM.
Old 01-30-2002, 01:40 AM   #2
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Re: Why is Windows on Crack?

Originally posted by finegan
.. I should just buy a playstation 2. Anyway, sorry for my lack of brevity, but I'm wordy.

... hey, i happen to like your lack of brevity.

fdisk unfortunately isn't the most reliable tool - esp when working with ms partitions. it's great with pretty much every BSD/*nix out there, but windows refuses to play nice. fdisk needs to kinda trick ms into thinking that the disk itself is smaller, not partitioned. df, in this case, tells us that something didn't go quite right with the fdisking in the ms partition table. this usually happens when windows isn't the first o/s installed on the drive, but it looks like that's not the case.

i'm pretty sure that it needs to be fixed from inside 98 - i think there's an fdisk for windows out there somewhere... it's pretty much the only solution i know of to fix a partition error on that side of the fence.
Old 01-30-2002, 11:29 AM   #3
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Yeah, I did the partitioning with Linux's fdisk, and then installed windows first, then linux, then BSD, and then noticed Windows thought it owned the whole disk. This was before I bothered to install Lilo...

Tonight I'll poke about with DOS fdisk, which I had used to look to see the partitions were there, but maybe I should use it to cut them. No matter what I do to this thing, at least I have another whole drive with Slack on it no matter how bongoru I make things.

Thanks Isa,


Old 01-30-2002, 01:06 PM   #4
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Mine says I've got and extended partition of 20gig and a normal partition of 20gig when I used df, its for the same partition and is vfat..still works fine just looks strange and confusing...and windows can't see the other partitions on its main drive but can see the second drive (ie..knows its installed) which has only an ext2 partition..I put it down to the 'wha?' factor..


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