Partition Table (Resend)

George Gingold georgegi at
Wed May 4 03:06:19 UTC 2005

Matthew S-H wrote:

> I actually do have Partition Magic.  It is a slightly old version 
> (version 4.0), but it works fine.  The only thing is that I don't get 
> how I could use Partition Magic to repair the information.
> ~Matt
> On May 3, 2005, at 5:43 AM, Brian Astill wrote:
>> On Tue, 3 May 2005 03:38 pm, Matthew S-H wrote:
>>> I'm resending this because I didn't get any responses.  I'm desperately
>>> hoping someone can help me.  I don't want to have to erase the entire
>>> hard drive.  If anyone has any ideas on how I can down by one (ie:
>>> hdb8 becomes hdb9), I would appreciate it.  I hope that would solve my
>>> problem.
>> THE obvious answer is to restore your hda1 boot partition using a 
>> floppy disk
>> (you DID prepare one for this purpose, didn't you?).
>> Then use your ubuntu floppy to boot into ubuntu (don't tell me - you 
>> don't
>> have one of those, either :-) ) and reinstall grub into the mbr.
>> You could also use the ubuntu liveCD to achieve the restoration of grub.
>> An alternative is to beg/borrow/buy Partition Magic and use floppy disks
>> prepared from it to reboot and examine and repair your partition 
>> information.
>> Your partition schedule is so unusual it is almost bound to lead to 
>> trouble.
>> You should merge the free space partitions with adjacent occupied 
>> partitions
>> as soon as possible after you have your system running and have prepared
>> backups.
>> -- 
>> Regards,
>> Brian
>> -- 
To use Partition Magic it has to be installed on your hard disk, any 
rescue floppies must be done from the installed PM. I would like to 
sugest to install Ubuntu (a small install - no software packages) in one 
of yor free spaces. Grub will re-read all partitions and write to MBR 
new data. It worked for me, when I have deleted SuSe. My Grub come also 
with error 15.
Good luck, George

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