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- Mar 2010
[SOLVED] Partition table deleted or corrupted.
Thanks in advance for any help!
Yesterday I was trying to get SGD running from a pendrive without success. Nothing was wrong with my PC, but I wanted an SGD just in case.
I ended up trying the "Smart BootManager" version 3.7 listed by unetbootin.
From SmartBootManager I selected a given partition and chose "boot it", it asked whether I wanted to save it (sic), I said yes and after that I can't
read my HD.
When booting, I have a grub-rescue> prompt, it knows I have (hd0) but it freezes when I try to look into it. That's all my PC is doing at the moment.
I have booted from a standard Ubuntu Karmic installation USB. I have run:
sudo fdisk -l
sudo apt-get install testdisk
sudo apt-get install gpart
sudo gpart /dev/sda
Now fsdisk is reporting "This doesn't look like a partition table Probably you selected the wrong device."
And the starting/ending cylinders reported by fsdisk are different from those reported by testdisk and gpart.
I remember that in the past I had problems after using gparted (not gpart), after resizing a given partition. It was solved by some brute-force
method (like resizing the neighboring partition as well or something like that).
Is this natural to have a +1 cylinder difference between fsdisk and testdisk/gpart ?
What is the most safe way to recover it in this case ?
PS: Logs can be found at Ubuntuforums thread 1427150
$ sudo fdisk -l Disk /dev/sda: 120.0 GB, 120034123776 bytes 255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 14593 cylinders Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes Disk identifier: 0xd3ffd3ff This doesn't look like a partition table Probably you selected the wrong device. Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System /dev/sda1 ? 1 3262 26201983+ 7 HPFS/NTFS /dev/sda2 3263 10717 59882287+ b W95 FAT32 /dev/sda3 10718 14423 29768445 83 Linux /dev/sda4 14424 14593 1365525 82 Linux swap / Solaris Disk /dev/sdb: 8006 MB, 8006926336 bytes 255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 973 cylinders Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes Disk identifier: 0x000d3b5b Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System /dev/sdb1 1 819 6578586 b W95 FAT32 /dev/sdb2 * 820 952 1068322+ 1b Hidden W95 FAT32 /dev/sdb3 953 970 144585 1b Hidden W95 FAT32 /dev/sdb4 971 973 24097+ 16 Hidden FAT16 $ sudo gpart /dev/sda Begin scan... Possible partition(Windows NT/W2K FS), size(25587mb), offset(0mb) Possible partition(DOS FAT), size(58478mb), offset(25587mb) Possible partition(Linux ext2), size(29070mb), offset(84066mb) Possible partition(Linux swap), size(1333mb), offset(113137mb) End scan. Checking partitions... Partition(OS/2 HPFS, NTFS, QNX or Advanced UNIX): primary Partition(DOS or Windows 95 with 32 bit FAT, LBA): primary Partition(Linux ext2 filesystem): primary Partition(Linux swap or Solaris/x86): primary Ok. Guessed primary partition table: Primary partition(1) type: 007(0x07)(OS/2 HPFS, NTFS, QNX or Advanced UNIX) size: 25587mb #s(52403952) s(63-52404014) chs: (0/1/1)-(1023/254/63)d (0/1/1)-(3261/254/48)r Primary partition(2) type: 012(0x0C)(DOS or Windows 95 with 32 bit FAT, LBA) size: 58478mb #s(119764575) s(52404030-172168604) chs: (1023/254/63)-(1023/254/63)d (3262/0/1)-(10716/254/63)r Primary partition(3) type: 131(0x83)(Linux ext2 filesystem) size: 29070mb #s(59536888) s(172168605-231705492) chs: (1023/254/63)-(1023/254/63)d (10717/0/1)-(14422/254/61)r Primary partition(4) type: 130(0x82)(Linux swap or Solaris/x86) size: 1333mb #s(2731048) s(231705495-234436542) chs: (1023/254/63)-(1023/254/63)d (14423/0/1)-(14592/254/61)r $ sudo testdisk [... print scren:] TestDisk 6.11, Data Recovery Utility, April 2009 ... ... Disk /dev/sda - 120 GB / 111 GiB - CHS 14593 255 63 Current partition structure: Partition Start End Size in sectors 1 * HPFS - NTFS 0 1 1 3261 254 63 52403967 [WINDOWS] 2 P FAT32 3262 0 1 10716 254 63 119764575 [DATA] 3 P Linux 10717 0 1 14422 254 63 59536890 4 P Linux Swap 14423 0 1 14592 254 63 2731050 *=Primary bootable P=Primary L=Logical E=Extended D=Deleted [Quick Search] [ Backup ] Try to locate partition
03-11-2010 #2/dev/sda1 ? 1 3262 26201983+ 7 HPFS/NTFS
Have you tried to mount any partition?
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I can't access the partitions to start with. I had my partiton table ruined by this "Smart BootManager 3.7". So to answer the question, I did not really try to mount it, but Ubuntu Live installation CD probably tried while loading.
ubuntu@ubuntu:~$ ls /dev/sd* /dev/sda /dev/sdb /dev/sdb1 /dev/sdb2 /dev/sdb3 /dev/sdb4 ubuntu@ubuntu:~$
GParted sees a plain device, as well as Palimpsest Disk Utility.
testdisk could recognize the partitions. It could even read the files inside.
I am not sure if the first partition was flagged bootable before (in spite of its name, there is nothing there, only Ubuntu on the 3rd partition), or if it was SmartBootManager that tried to set this flag.
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Thank you for the help.
I'm posting from the recovered install.
First I did a backup of the partition table, then I ran testdisk, followed the standad procedure, and told it to write to the partition table.
Everything working fine as before
Well Done !
testdisk is a very good partition recovery tool. It worked fine for me everytime.