Re: partition table lost
Matthew Dalton <firstname.lastname@example.org>:
> Can you still boot linux with a boot disk? I had a messed up partition
> table at one stage (but not as messed up as your friend's) but linux
> could still distinguish the partitions and read all of the data on both
> windows and linux partitions (windows couldn't read anyting after
> booting from a floppy). I didn't manage to restore the partition table
> successfully, but I did back up all of my important stuff so I could
> reformat and reinstall windows.
Interesting. No, we cannot boot with a boot disk. That's what we first
tried. I suppose I should have indicated what has happened so far.
We tried booting /dev/hda1, 2, 3... with an old slackware boot disk we found
laying around here.
Got it up with the debian's resc1440 floppy, and fdisk shows only one
partition, around 520000 512-byte blocks. IOW, mostly free space. The
owner of the box indicates that there was NO partition that size, but he
thinks "C:" (the fat16 partition) was /dev/hda1 as the "new" one is shown to
Thanks for your help,