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Re: [vox-tech] HD Repartition frustration




Dylan Beaudette wrote:
On Thursday 15 June 2006 06:37, Donald Greg McGahan wrote:

I have a 100Gb Seagate 2.5 inch hard drive that currently has a ntfs
partition, and extended partition with a fat32 partition within it. I
wanted to repartition it to a single fat32 partition. I removed it from
it's (third party) external enclosure and installed it as an secondary
IDE slave (adapter) in my AMD K7 (1.33MHz) Ubuntu OS box.
I cannot seem to accomplish this task?!?
I've tired deleting all of the partitions and then writing but no joy.
I've been fussing with this on and off for a few days and thought I get
some help.
Here is what I'm doing.
I pop open a terminal window and

fdisk /dev/hdd (i've tried both with sudo and sudo su)

then

Command (m for help): p

Disk /dev/hdd: 100.0 GB, 100030242816 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 12161 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes

  Device Boot      Start         End      Blocks   Id  System
/dev/hdd1               1       10027    80541846    7  HPFS/NTFS
/dev/hdd2           10028       12161    17141355    f  W95 Ext'd (LBA)
/dev/hdd5           10028       12161    17141323+   b  W95 FAT32

Command (m for help): d
Partition number (1-5): 5

Command (m for help): p

Disk /dev/hdd: 100.0 GB, 100030242816 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 12161 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes

  Device Boot      Start         End      Blocks   Id  System
/dev/hdd1               1       10027    80541846    7  HPFS/NTFS
/dev/hdd2           10028       12161    17141355    f  W95 Ext'd (LBA)

Command (m for help): w
The partition table has been altered!

Calling ioctl() to re-read partition table.
Syncing disks.
dig@vill:~$ sudo fdisk /dev/hdd

The number of cylinders for this disk is set to 12161.
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., old versions of LILO)
2) booting and partitioning software from other OSs
  (e.g., DOS FDISK, OS/2 FDISK)

Command (m for help): p

Disk /dev/hdd: 100.0 GB, 100030242816 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 12161 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes

  Device Boot      Start         End      Blocks   Id  System
/dev/hdd1               1       10027    80541846    7  HPFS/NTFS
/dev/hdd2           10028       12161    17141355    f  W95 Ext'd (LBA)
/dev/hdd5           10028       12161    17141323+   b  W95 FAT32

Command (m for help):
This is strange.
I just tried using fdisk and parted on this drive, and neither were able to alter the existing partition table. Checking kern.log revealed some odd errors:


usb 5-1: reset high speed USB device using address 28
scsi: Device offlined - not ready after error recovery: host 22 channel 0 id 0 lun 0
SCSI error : <22 0 0 0> return code = 0x50000
end_request: I/O error, dev sdb, sector 3168
Buffer I/O error on device sdb, logical block 396
lost page write due to I/O error on sdb
scsi22 (0:0): rejecting I/O to offline device
...

... looks like the disk is bad?

anyone else have any ideas?

Cheers,


I did something like this a couple of months ago and seem to recall the NTFS partition being fussy about being deleted. I'm trying to remember what I did, I want to say that I simply used parted and hit delete partition as the only operation. After that completed, then I went back and restarted parted and put a new format.

Scenario 2 is that I dual booted into windows and used Partition Magic.

Scenario 3 is that Knoppix for some reason was able to do it, but Ubunut u wasn't for some odd reason.

Sorry I can't remember which one worked, I'll ask the person I did it for and see if she remembers.

Alex
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