Damaged Partition Table after install of RedHat 8
Posted on 2003-02-22
I have a Western Digital 100GB HD. I recently installed Red Hat 8 and configured it to dual boot with my win98 partition. Prior to the red hat install I had 3 20GB FAT32 partitions setup using partition magic 7. Then while installing Red hat I gave 10GB to linux aswell as a boot partition and a swap partition. The rest I made 5 GB fat32 partitions.
That was fine for a while, I was able to use Win98 and linux side by side, but then I tried to run partition magic 7. It threw up a few errors to me saying there were some incorrect values in the partition table and asking if I wanted to fix them, so I said fine. Then after fixing all them I got a 117 error message saying it couldn't get a drives letter. And then whenever I tried to start PM it gave me that 117 message. I tried to run fdisk, but it wouldn't let me run, it just hung. So I upgraded to PM 8, and that made no difference, I still got the 117 error. So then I decided to delete my linux partitions, so I started linux in rescue mode and deleted all the linux partitions. Then in windows again I was still getting the 117 error in PM, but could run fdisk, so I deleted all the empty partitions, which left me with 3 20GB partitions and a 5 GB one. The drives were C,D,E and F, but my zip drive was registering as drive I, and my 2 CD drives were J and K. So I started up Iomegas drive mapper and changed the drives to run consequetivly C-I. And now I'm left with a machine that hangs when starting windows. Although I can get it to start in Safe Mode, my zip drive isn't recognized, so I can't use drive mapper to go back to the C-F,I-K mapping that was booting for me. While in safe mode I thought I'd try and remove as many of the partitions as I could, so I tried to copy stuff from the 5GB partition to my C drive, and I started to get access violations, so I ran scandisk and I got loads of errors about directories and lost files etc.
Thats about it, I hope I've given enough detail to give someone an idea as to what is wrong. I would really appreciate a fast answer to this that doesn't requiere reinstalling Win98 as I have a programming assignment to have done for Tuesday (3 days away) and I need to use my computer.