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New hard drive, 80Gb seagate.
Installed windoze me.
Tried to install Mandrake 8.2, wouldn't let me. Got as far as disk partitioning when it stopped with the following error

I can't read your partion table, it's too corrupt for me. I can try to go on blanking bad partitions (ALL DATA will be lost). The other solution is to disallow DrakX to modify the partion table (the error is ask_before_blanking: partitions sector (number) and sector (number) are overlapping (9Gb)

Resized the drive from windoze with partition magic, even reformated the extra space as e2fs.

I still can't get past disk partitioning in the installation.

I can go into rescue mode and fdisk the drive but it doesn't find a problem.

So, what is the problem and how do I get linux on my machine?
Cheers
Chris
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by:meneedshelp
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You should use the partition magic boot disk to resize your windows partition, esp. for NTFS. Partition Magic 8 works best.

Then you can use your mandrake stuff to create a new partition, ReiserFS advisably. If that doesn't work, try cfdisk and mkreiserfs (dont know the exact command, sorry). With cfdisk you can create "Linux" space which you can format.

You also need a swap partition, I'd advise 1gb for that. The linux partition should be at least 5 gb to be able to work properly.

It's also a good idea to create a FAT32 partition to be able to swap files between linux and windows, as windows cant read linux drives and linux can't write NTFS (yet). Of course you don't have to do this when you use FAT(32) as windows file system.
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by:paullamhkg
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or you can try http://www.europe.redhat.com/documentation/HOWTO/PLIP-Install-HOWTO-11.php3 to re partition you harddisk which is free and not only for RedHat you can use it for most of the OS.

After you create your partition you can install your linux :)
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by:Chris Harte
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I made a mistake.
My computer has two hard drives, it was the secondary that was returning the errors.
I unplugged the secondary, installed mandrake to the primary, plugged the secondary back in and recovered it using diskdrake.

Problem solved.
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by:meneedshelp
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Give the points then! :)
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by:meneedshelp
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Well he didn't say anything about that second hard drive...so how could we know what the problem was?

Anyway I told more than stuff to solve the problem.

Regard this as an objection.
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by:Chris Harte
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windoze me doesn't use NTFS, it uses fat32.
I don't own any version of partition magic let alone 8.
cfdisk doesn't work in rescue mode in linux, which was the only mode I could get and you were unable to tell me the correct command.
My swap partition matches the amount of memory I have, 256Mb.

I thought Mandrake would install onto the primary hard drive regardless of the condition of the secondary drive, which was why I didn't mention it.
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by:paullamhkg
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I've no objection on PAQ and points refund, only don't understand why unplug the 2nd harddisk the installation work, well anyway asker solve the problem that's fine ;)
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by:meneedshelp
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Your swap partition is very small!

And I said you should use partition magic for NTFS, not for FAT32.

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"cfdisk doesn't work in rescue mode in linux, which was the only mode I could get and you were unable to tell me the correct command."
cfdisk _is_ the correct command, but I didn't remember the command to create a file system (formatting the partition). Most distro installations do this automatically.

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"Resized the drive from windoze with partition magic, even reformated the extra space as e2fs."
"I don't own any version of partition magic let alone 8."
How can you use partition magic without partition magic? The bootdisk is creatable from the program itselves, it makes partitioning alot safer.

I think you should fix your second drive.
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