I am trying to load windows on a separate partition so my 4 year old can play a
Blue's Clues game he received as a present. Everytime I try to format the
partition with the window's setup, the format program dies at the end and says
there is something wrong with the partition.
So I booted back into linux and ran fdisk /dev/hda. Here is what pops up:
The number of cylinders for this disk is set to 2485.
There is nothing wrong with that, but this is larger than 1024,
and could in certain setups cause problems with:
1) software that runs at boot time (e.g., LILO)
2) booting and partitioning software from other OSs
(e.g., DOS FDISK, OS/2 FDISK)
Hmmm.... So I print the partition table and this is what comes out:
Disk /dev/hda: 128 heads, 63 sectors, 2485 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 8064 * 512 bytes
Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
/dev/hda1 * 1025 1405 1536192 c Win95 FAT32 (LBA)
/dev/hda2 363 847 1951897+ 83 Linux
Partition 2 does not end on cylinder boundary:
phys=(424, 254, 63) should be (424, 127, 63)
/dev/hda3 847 1574 2931862+ 83 Linux
Partition 3 does not end on cylinder boundary:
phys=(789, 254, 63) should be (789, 127, 63)
/dev/hda4 1574 2485 3670852+ 83 Linux
Partition 4 does not end on cylinder boundary:
phys=(1023, 254, 63) should be (1023, 127, 63)
This doesn't make sense to me. Partion 1 seems to have some blocks in common
with partion 3. I didn't do anything special when I first installed, and I
haven't had any problems.
Can anyone give me a little insight in this. Should I worry about it? Do I
need to erase everything? If I need to replace everything, I would appreciate
a one liner that would allow me to tar everything on my / (/dev/hda2) and put
it on hdbX and then tar zxf it. Thanks.
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