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  • Subject: Re: [vox-tech] new member needs help
  • From: "UC Davis" <snMAPSmerritt@ucdavis.edu>
  • Date: Sat, 20 Jan 2001 15:08:50 -0800
  • References: 20010119150653.C10363@dirac.org

Mandrake 7.2's expert-mode install will sometimes change the type of your FAT32
partitions from (hex) b, c, or e, to 1b, 1c, or 1e, respectively. Since these
types correspond to hidden FAT32 partitions, Windows won't be able to see them.
Linux doesn't check the partition type before mounting, so that's why it can
still see everything without problems. 

I don't know why it does this. 

To fix it, just use Linux fdisk to set the type of your FAT32 partitions back
to their previous values. 

>  ----- Forwarded message from owner-vox@lists.mother.com -----
>  Was installing Mandrake Linux 7.2 on my computer, but
>  it didn't have g++ 
>  (since I chose one of the default setup options), so I
>  removed the linux
>  partition and installed using Expert mode. Linux
>  installed perfectly. BUT,
>  I also had two 4.5 gb Windows partitions, C: and D:,
>  on the computer. Both
>  my DOS boot disk AND Windows refuse to acknowledge the
>  existence of my
>  D: partition (Sector not found errors), and C: takes a
>  long time to boot (hard
>  disk sounds like it is trying to read a bad sector)
>  but the STRANGE THING
>  is, I can still access my D: drive in Linux, as
>  /mnt/win_d. So far I'm
>  trying an evacuation, transferring all important files
>  from D: to C:, and planning to burn a copy before I
>  nuke everything and repartition/reformat.
>  What happened exactly? What stumps me is that Linux
>  can still access my
>  D: partition fine. I don't want to re-format and find
>  out that the same
>  problem will crop up later... is it possible that
>  Linux damaged the hard disk system and I need to
>  low-level format? (Linux Expert Mode asked me if I
>  wanted to use 32-bit file access, I said NO since it
>  said it might cause data corruption).
>  Thanks,
>  Mike Darrett

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