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Old 12-27-2008, 03:53 AM   #1
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Unhappy Unable to load Mandriva 2009--problem with DrakX

I'm sorry, this is going to be long winded, but I want to include all relevant info. Also, although I am not exactly a newbie, I have very little command line experience (all of it bad, unfortunately). So, if your solution involves using the command line, please be very, very explicit with your instructions.

I am attempting to install onto a 200GB HDD which I have partitioned into many relatively small partitions using Acronis Disk Manager. Most of these are NTFS for WinXP, but three are ext3. I have SUSE 11.1 installed in one of the ext3 partitions, and the other two are empty.

When installing 2009, when I get to DrakX, I get the following error message: "I cannot read the partition table, it's too corrupted for me . I can try to go on, erasing over bad partitions (ALL DATA will be lost!) The other option is not to allow DrakX to modify the partition table. (the error is /proc/partitions does not agree DrakX 16 !=14 proc/partitions; sda1(sda) sda2(sda).....sda15(sda) Do you agree to lose all those partitions? Yes/No."

Of course, I said No.

I then get the following message: "The DrakX found the following solutions
sda3(10GB, /, ext3 (my Suse partition)
sda4(10GB, ext3 (empty)
sda7(10GB, ext3 (empty)

I have tried to mount 2009 in both sda4, and sda7 with the same result. DrakX formats the partition, but then I get the following error message:
an error occurred
mounting partition UUID=9C38DB8138DB58BA in directory /mnt/mnt/win_2 failed.

The only option I am offered, is to try again, which fails. After trying several times, I just gave up. HELP!

Thank you for your prompt, and useful help. I merged several partitions, and, all of a sudden, DrakX wasn't having problems with the partition table, and provided me with several options for loading Mandriva. Unfortunately, I was still unable to mount 2009. I got the same error message that I got above. Looking at that message, it now seems to me that DrakX is trying to mount 2009 onto a Windows partition, rather than the specified linux partition, for some reason. I'm going to browse the net, and look elsewhere to see if I can figure out why.

Last edited by; 12-28-2008 at 11:12 PM. Reason: Responding to help from camorri.
Old 12-28-2008, 07:31 AM   #2
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I suspect you have too many partitions on your drive. Here is a quote form a Red Hat document.

As this figure implies, there is a difference between primary and logical partitions — there can only be four primary partitions, but there is no fixed limit to the number of logical partitions that can exist. However, due to the way in which partitions are accessed in Linux, you should avoid defining more than 12 logical paritions on a single disk drive.
Here is a link to the entire document. -->

From what you have posted, it looks like you have 16 partitions. Is that correct?


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