fdisk and fujitsu drives
I've got a 6.4 GB fujitsu drive that I am trying partition.
Actually, I had it partitioned, formatted (no reported errors), and file
system from an old disk transferred to it. However, I made it the master
after the fs transfer, and was using a rescue floppy to boot, mount all the
partitions and set up LILO, but LILO setup failed with:
Device 0X0300: Invalid partition table, 3rd entry
3D address: 1/0/78 (73710)
linear address: 55/11/21 (20592)
fdisk reported the first four partitions not ending on cylinder boundaries.
Also, the beginning, starting and ending cylinders are all wonky. Eg.,
begin start end type size
part 1 1 1 11 native 5M
part 2 40 11 22 native 5M
part 3 79 22 239 native 100M
part 4 855 239 2859 extendd rest of disk
part 5 855 239 889 native 300M
part 6 1024 889 1539 native 300M
part 7 1024 1539 2189 native 300M
part 8 2024 2189 2623 native 200M
So, v (verify) gives all kinds of errors (end of cylinders not on
boundaries, bad start of data, partitions overlapping). I deleted all the
partitions and started over which fixed up the beginning cylinders on parts
1-4 but not the rest. ( I didn't write the partition table so I still have
the old setup)
1) Does this matter ? (apparently it does to LILO) I was able to mke2fs -c
all partitions no problem, and copy over the old file system.
and if it does matter,
2a) Anyone know what is causing this ?
2b) " " " I can do to fix it ?
I suspect this might be a logical/physical geometry thing. Linux required
me to explicitly state the physical geometry of a 1.2 Gig Seagate (now a
paper weight) before it would install on it. However, I have a Western
Digital 3.1 Gig in another box that Linux happily installed on without the
All help appreciated. Thanks,
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