I really hope someone can help me. I tried installing RedHat 5.2 yesterday on my computer which also has Win98 and WinNT after never using Linux before. I set up the linux partitions using Disk Druid and when it said "Making ext2
filesystem on /dev/hda6" it hung. I waited for about 15 minutes with no hard drive flashes so I rebooted my computer. Now I can access my C (FAT16) partition, but the 3 partitions in the logical partition (they are FAT32) all are inaccessable. Windows shows them as possibly corrupt and can't access them, and Partition Magic shows them as unformated. They are the individual partitions, with the correct sizes, but they are corrupt. I think that the data is probably there, as the Linux install shouldn't have formatted them, but the partition headers are probably corrupt. My hard drive is 9.1GB, but my bios does support this large of hard drives (I have an Asus P2B motherboard). One thing I noticed that when partitioning in Disk Druid, it only saw my hard drive as about 8.1GB and for one of the Linux partitions I had created, it looked something like (I'm going off memory here):
Partition Requested Actual
--------- --------- ------
/dev/hda6 300 MB 58839483 MB
Also, my drive had 1 primary (fat16) partition, followed by 1.1GB of free space that I was putting the linux partitions in, followed by an logical partition taking up the rest of the drive that has 4 extended (fat32) partitions in them. Instead of listing all those FAT32 partitions seperately,
it listed them as one 6.3GB partition that was called "0x0d" or some hex number like that, I can't remember what. Can someone help me out here? My first priority is getting my hard drive working again so I can at least save all my previous data, but after that I want to get RedHat installed even though this incident has made me question all the good things I have heard about Linux before. Thanks
for any help you can provide.