My windows os is hidden by partition magic after linux install

By deancicca
Dec 8, 2005
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  1. I bought another hd I put windows 98se then partition magic. I then made a partition of 20 for Xandros 3.0. I installed xandros which seems to work fine. Now I can't access my windows partition.

    When I go into my other hd under qtparted it says it is hidden. How do I unhide it?

    I've read on not to do a reinstall. I put the partition magic disk in to boot to that and it wants dos commands. I don't know how to do dos. When windows tries to load it goes to an A prompt wanting a \windows\command. I don't know what it wants.

    Is there a way to fix this through xandros? Did xandros loading Lilo do something? I've seen that on here too.

    I am not very computer literate so I do need simplified directions, I apologize in advance.


    I did fdisk in console and this is what it said:

    /home/dean# fdisk /dev/hdb

    The number of cylinders for this disk is set to 9729.
    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)


    This is what it says for list:

    Disk /dev/hdb: 80.0 GB, 80026361856 bytes
    255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 9729 cylinders
    Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes

    Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
    /dev/hdb1 1 7179 57665286 1c Hidden W95 FAT32 (LBA)
    /dev/hdb2 7244 9729 19968795 83 Linux
    /dev/hdb3 7180 7243 514080 82 Linux swap
    /dev/hdb4 * 9730 9730 0 e W95 FAT16 (LBA)

    :/home/dean#
  2. Nodsu

    Nodsu Newcomer, in training Posts: 9,431

    You should unhide the partition only with the utility you hid it with.

    PM floppy version comes on two floppy disks and it should automatically start PM when you insert the second one when prompted.
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