Partition Woes with Druid

While installing this into my system on my #2 HD (with no partitions installed), Druid changed the partition table of HD #1 and split the C partiton and corrupted the table. Redhat's fdisk and druid will not read the HD#1's partition table, and DOS fdisk can not rejoin the partition. How do I repair the HD#1's table without loosing the information on it? I am currently running Windows 98 on C-Drive and was installing Redhat Deluxe 5.2 on the D-Drive (different drive). My BIOS has the ability of booting to either IDE-0 or IDE-1. The DOS FDISK shows 1 DOS and two extended DOS partitions.
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Kyle SchroederConnect With a Mentor Endpoint EngineerCommented:
If the RH install did not format your hda1 partition, you may be able to recover with Norton Disk Doctor.  It has a function to look for DOS partitions (incl. FAT32) and recover them. Get the ndd.exe on a bootable floppy, or if you purchase Norton Utils/System Works 2000, it should include an emergency disk that has it included.

Good luck!

dogztar
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biardCommented:
I kinda doubt that it will be too easy to retrieve the information.  Once the psrtition table is changed and saved, the backup is also changed, so you are pretty well stuck.  
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ParfoxAuthor Commented:
in other words... Linux has now washed my Windows work down the drain? well time to sell Linux 5.2 Redhat... any offers?
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biardCommented:
I think it really has to do with being very careful with Disk Druid.  When creating partitions with 2 drives in the system, each time you make a new one, the screehn comes up with selection buttons for "allowable" drives.  If you are not too careful here, it can definitely cause problems.  Also, I would highly recommend that in the future before installing any new operating system, additional or upgrade to existing, it would be wise to backup all important data.  

That said, there is a possibility of retrieving the data, but it is not very likely that you will want to do it.  There are several data recovery houses around the country.  Some even claim to be able to recover you data throught the telephone line (not too likely).  I don't have the number off hand, but one is called Data Savers.  I can get their 800 number in a few hours if you wish.  Most of these comanies require you to send the drive in question to them, and they charge based on drive capacity alone.  It is not cheap at all.  But, as I said, I will get the number and post it for you or you can call 18005551212 and ask for the 800 number for Data Savers.  Or look in a PC mag like PC Computing, Home Office, etc.  They usually have ads in the back for Data Recovery Cos.

Whatever you do, don't be soured on Linux.  It is a very flexible OS with many nice features and is far superior to any on the market otherwise.  Because of its flexibility, it allows users access to many things and it assumes very little.  It gives you the benefit of teh doubt in almost all situations, assuming that you know exactly what you want to do.  In this way it is very unlike Winblows, which barks every time you want to delete a file, even though it goes to the recycle bin just in case.  At any rate, good luck with your system, and please, if you want the number, repost in a few hours and I'll get it for you.  It is at my old job, and noone is there until 10:00 eastern time.

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ParfoxAuthor Commented:
I want to thank you for your response and I will look into some of these ideas and will let you know what happens. I am going to try an old trick from years gone past. The trick I have seen work under older dos systems is to delete the partition table and then create it without rebooting. Last time I did this was under DOS 3.3 and it did work, course many differences this time, like Winblows <G>, IDE and all... Again Thanks for the ideas and responses.
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EatEmAndSmileCommented:
Sometimes you can succesfully restore your data if you remember the exact layout of your previous partition table, like the size of the partition, etc... If your Windows partition occupied the whole HD it's easy, just recreate a FAT partition with cfdisk and see what you get.

 I'm afraid that RedHat has already formatted your modified partitions, though. This would have erased your Windows data.

 I don't recommend using DiskDruid or even RedHat. RedHat's installation is way too much simplified and it does lots of wrong stuff (like formattign your Windows HD) without the user's awareness. If you'd like to try a more professional, functional Linux distribution, try Slackware. By the way, I don't know if you'll find "cfdisk" under RH, then you should use the plain fdisk instead.
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ParfoxAuthor Commented:
I will look for the cfdisk in the RH disk, but ended up reformatting the drives last night. The fdisk trick didn't work. Thanks for the support and will be watching for other tips and tricks.
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EatEmAndSmileCommented:
Remember: RedHat usually brings frustration to Linux newbies... Borrow a copy of Slackware and give it a try.
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ParfoxAuthor Commented:
Thank all of you who responded, and I'll be looking forward to learning in this forum.
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Kyle SchroederEndpoint EngineerCommented:
Damn...guess I was just a few hours too late :(.  I think it would have done it though...hey if you didn't do an unconditional format, you may be able to recover some of the data w/ Norton Unerase/unformat...
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ParfoxAuthor Commented:
I scrubbed the drive down clean as a whistle, and have spent the day rebuilding the software for Winblows 98... the info was there, just was unstable to use, so I didn't end up loosing the whole load... only bits and pieces, so was not as bad... But I have noticed, RH does not want to boot up from the D-Drive now... Does this mean I need to reinstall it as well?
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Kyle SchroederEndpoint EngineerCommented:
When you're starting up, do you just get the LI part of LILO, or does it just die out while booting?  if its dying ot while booting, i think i would go ahead and reinstall, do the upgrade install, and not selevt any packages (as they are ostensibly already there).  Reload LILO to the MBR when it asks.

Hope it works for you...I need to reload it there for mine, won't load but its installed on a SCSI drive...

dogztar
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ParfoxAuthor Commented:
the LI is all that comes on the screen...
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Kyle SchroederEndpoint EngineerCommented:
OK, so do like I said and rerun the install, skip the packages, and install LILO to the MBR. That should do it.
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ParfoxAuthor Commented:
Thanks Dogztar, I'll skip packages and rerun the install...
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