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Corrupt partition table

how can i corrput a partition from a linux OS?
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areyouready344Author Commented:
I'm trying to test the recovery of corrupt partition if there is a way to do it with the "dd" command on the linux operating system
Maciej SsysadminCommented:
Assuming you have your disk on /dev/sda. Remember, that below command will write random data to your partition table - do it on your own risk!

dd if=/dev/urandom of=/dev/sda bs=1 skip=446 count=64
have you tryed with gparted, its worth to give it a try

but is there any way to explain little bit actualy, whats the problem, what error you seeing ??
An easy way to corrupt the partition table (and the boot block)
is to blow away sector 0.

for example, if your hard drive device is 'hda'

dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/hda bs=512 count=1

It would be extroardinarily unlikely for just the last 64 bytes of sector 0 to get corrupted,  most likely all 512 bytes would.

To recover, you should be prepared to restore not only your partition table from backup,  but your boot code (i.e. Grub, LILO, etc) as well.

Maciej SsysadminCommented:
Overwriting 512 bytes will corrupt entire MBR, not only partition table.
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