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mandrake partition broken. need help.

By Soap
Jan 23, 2003
  1. my mandrake linux partition broke after installing win98se on the second partition i tried using the repair thing on the cd but it wouldnt work. is it posible to save the files i have on that partition?? and how can i format it??? without having to get into linux.
     
  2. Mictlantecuhtli

    Mictlantecuhtli TS Evangelist Posts: 4,919   +9

    How did you install 98SE? Most likely its installer overwrote the master boot record, so your computer boots only to it now. You can (possibly) fix it by typing fdisk /mbr in MS-DOS mode. This will restore the MBR to its original state, which means it won't go to 98SE. You can then add it to Mandrake's bootloader.

    If, however, the installation screwed up your partition table, it's more complicated to restore it. Try the above suggestion first, post back if it doesn't work.
     
  3. Soap

    Soap TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 96

    tried your suggestiopn with the fdisk /mbr is didnt work must be the serious problem.
     
  4. Mictlantecuhtli

    Mictlantecuhtli TS Evangelist Posts: 4,919   +9

    A bit more information is needed.

    How did you install 98SE? Did it ask you to repartition your hdd?

    Which version of Mandrake are you using?
     
  5. Soap

    Soap TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 96

    win98se did not ask to repartition the hdd

    mandrake version 8.2
     
  6. Mictlantecuhtli

    Mictlantecuhtli TS Evangelist Posts: 4,919   +9

    Weird.. Maybe you should try some partition recovery tools for Windows, like Powerquest's Lost and Found. I'll post more once I'll test what Mandrake's "rescue" does.
     
  7. Soap

    Soap TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 96

    will powestquest lost and found recover linux files???
     
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