aftermath of an ubuntu installation

Nils Kassube kassube at
Mon Mar 3 06:45:58 UTC 2008

Donny George wrote:
> /dev/hda1 fat32 20 GB(my windows xp main drive)
> /dev/hda2 (lock symbol) external 8.55GB(my lost windows drive with
> data) 

Probably you mean extended instead of external. But the extended partition 
is only a container for more partitions, so the data are probably here:

> /dev/hda5 (lock symbol) linux swap 8.07 GB(no clue wat this is ) 

This might be your Windows data partition with a wrong partition type.

> /dev/hda6(lock symbol) linux swap 494.16MB(i beleive this is the real
> linux swap)

The size looks reasonable for the real swap partition.

> /dev/hda3 ext3 9.79GB(the space i gave for ubuntu)

Didn't we have something similar one or two weeks ago? Maybe there really 
is something wrong with the installer for non-standard partition layouts. 
What looks strange to me here is the fact that the Ubuntu installation 
went to a primary partition after the extended partition was resized. Can 
you post the file /etc/fstab from your Ubuntu installation?

I'm not sure if this is a good idea, but using fdisk I would change the 
partition type of hda5 and make it ntfs. Hopefully the swap partition was 
not formatted - then the data might be visible again.


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