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    [SOLVED] can't detect partition


    i'm dual booting with windows xp and during linux mint 10 installation where it ask which partition to install on, it. it didn't list any windows partition it just list the whole unallocated partition. same thing happen with gparted live cd ---- so something wrong with partition table.


    using bootinfo script i get this text file.

    Code:
    Boot Info Script 0.55    dated February 15th, 2010                    
    
    ============================= Boot Info Summary: ==============================
    
     => Windows is installed in the MBR of /dev/sda
    
    sda1: _________________________________________________________________________
    
        File system:       ntfs
        Boot sector type:  Windows XP
        Boot sector info:  No errors found in the Boot Parameter Block.
        Operating System:  
        Boot files/dirs:   /ntldr /ntdetect.com
    
    sda2: _________________________________________________________________________
    
        File system:       ntfs
        Boot sector type:  Windows XP
        Boot sector info:  No errors found in the Boot Parameter Block.
        Operating System:  Windows XP
        Boot files/dirs:   /boot.ini /ntldr /NTDETECT.COM
    
    sda3: _________________________________________________________________________
    
        File system:       Extended Partition
        Boot sector type:  Unknown
        Boot sector info:  
    
    sda4: _________________________________________________________________________
    
        File system:       ntfs
        Boot sector type:  Windows XP
        Boot sector info:  According to the info in the boot sector, sda4 starts 
                           at sector 63. But according to the info from fdisk, 
                           sda4 starts at sector 148633443.
        Operating System:  
        Boot files/dirs:   
    
    =========================== Drive/Partition Info: =============================
    
    Drive: sda ___________________ _____________________________________________________
    
    Disk /dev/sda: 120.0 GB, 120034123776 bytes
    255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 14593 cylinders, total 234441648 sectors
    Units = sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes
    Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
    
    Partition  Boot         Start           End          Size  Id System
    
    /dev/sda1                  63    12,594,959    12,594,897  12 Compaq diagnostics
    /dev/sda2    *     12,594,960    63,795,199    51,200,240   7 HPFS/NTFS
    /dev/sda3          63,797,246   234,436,544   170,639,299   f W95 Ext d (LBA)
    Empty Partition
    /dev/sda4         148,633,443   234,436,544    85,803,102   7 HPFS/NTFS
    
    /dev/sda3 overlaps with /dev/sda4
    
    blkid -c /dev/null: ____________________________________________________________
    
    Device           UUID                                   TYPE       LABEL                         
    
    /dev/loop0                                              squashfs                                 
    /dev/ramzswap0                                          swap                                     
    /dev/sda1        8AFCF940FCF9275B                       ntfs                                     
    /dev/sda2        F83007A830076D46                       ntfs                                     
    /dev/sda3: PTTYPE="dos" 
    /dev/sda4        0428DED728DEC6B8                       ntfs       Documents                     
    /dev/sda: PTTYPE="dos" 
    error: /dev/sdb: No medium found
    error: /dev/sdc: No medium found
    error: /dev/sdd: No medium found
    
    ============================ "mount | grep ^/dev  output: ===========================
    
    Device           Mount_Point              Type       Options
    
    aufs             /                        aufs       (rw)
    /dev/sr0         /cdrom                   iso9660    (ro,noatime)
    /dev/loop0       /rofs                    squashfs   (ro,noatime)
    /dev/sda4        /media/Documents         fuseblk    (rw,nosuid,nodev,allow_other,blksize=4096,default_permissions)
    
    
    ================================ sda2/boot.ini: ================================
    
    [boot loader] 
    timeout=30 
    default=multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(2)\WINDOWS 
    [operating systems] 
    multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(2)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP Professional" /fastdetect /noexecute=optin 
    =========================== Unknown MBRs/Boot Sectors/etc =======================
    
    Unknown BootLoader  on sda3
    
    00000000  73 00 63 00 72 00 69 00  70 00 74 00 69 00 6f 00  |s.c.r.i.p.t.i.o.|
    00000010  6e 00 5f 00 44 00 65 00  6c 00 65 00 74 00 69 00  |n._.D.e.l.e.t.i.|
    00000020  6e 00 67 00 00 37 50 00  72 00 6f 00 70 00 65 00  |n.g..7P.r.o.p.e.|
    00000030  72 00 74 00 79 00 44 00  65 00 73 00 63 00 72 00  |r.t.y.D.e.s.c.r.|
    00000040  69 00 70 00 74 00 69 00  6f 00 6e 00 5f 00 44 00  |i.p.t.i.o.n._.D.|
    00000050  65 00 6c 00 65 00 74 00  65 00 64 00 00 3b 50 00  |e.l.e.t.e.d..;P.|
    00000060  72 00 6f 00 70 00 65 00  72 00 74 00 79 00 44 00  |r.o.p.e.r.t.y.D.|
    00000070  65 00 73 00 63 00 72 00  69 00 70 00 74 00 69 00  |e.s.c.r.i.p.t.i.|
    00000080  6f 00 6e 00 5f 00 49 00  6e 00 73 00 65 00 72 00  |o.n._.I.n.s.e.r.|
    00000090  74 00 69 00 6e 00 67 00  00 39 50 00 72 00 6f 00  |t.i.n.g..9P.r.o.|
    000000a0  70 00 65 00 72 00 74 00  79 00 44 00 65 00 73 00  |p.e.r.t.y.D.e.s.|
    000000b0  63 00 72 00 69 00 70 00  74 00 69 00 6f 00 6e 00  |c.r.i.p.t.i.o.n.|
    000000c0  5f 00 49 00 6e 00 73 00  65 00 72 00 74 00 65 00  |_.I.n.s.e.r.t.e.|
    000000d0  64 00 00 39 50 00 72 00  6f 00 70 00 65 00 72 00  |d..9P.r.o.p.e.r.|
    000000e0  74 00 79 00 44 00 65 00  73 00 63 00 72 00 69 00  |t.y.D.e.s.c.r.i.|
    000000f0  70 00 74 00 69 00 6f 00  6e 00 5f 00 55 00 70 00  |p.t.i.o.n._.U.p.|
    00000100  64 00 61 00 74 00 69 00  6e 00 67 00 00 37 50 00  |d.a.t.i.n.g..7P.|
    00000110  72 00 6f 00 70 00 65 00  72 00 74 00 79 00 44 00  |r.o.p.e.r.t.y.D.|
    00000120  65 00 73 00 63 00 72 00  69 00 70 00 74 00 69 00  |e.s.c.r.i.p.t.i.|
    00000130  6f 00 6e 00 5f 00 55 00  70 00 64 00 61 00 74 00  |o.n._.U.p.d.a.t.|
    00000140  65 00 64 00 00 57 45 00  6e 00 74 00 69 00 74 00  |e.d..WE.n.t.i.t.|
    00000150  79 00 44 00 61 00 74 00  61 00 53 00 6f 00 75 00  |y.D.a.t.a.S.o.u.|
    00000160  72 00 63 00 65 00 5f 00  43 00 6f 00 6d 00 6d 00  |r.c.e._.C.o.m.m.|
    00000170  61 00 6e 00 64 00 54 00  65 00 78 00 74 00 4f 00  |a.n.d.T.e.x.t.O.|
    00000180  72 00 45 00 6e 00 74 00  69 00 74 00 79 00 53 00  |r.E.n.t.i.t.y.S.|
    00000190  65 00 74 00 4e 00 61 00  6d 00 65 00 00 67 45 00  |e.t.N.a.m.e..gE.|
    000001a0  6e 00 74 00 69 00 74 00  79 00 44 00 61 00 74 00  |n.t.i.t.y.D.a.t.|
    000001b0  61 00 53 00 6f 00 75 00  72 00 63 00 65 00 00 00  |a.S.o.u.r.c.e...|
    000001c0  00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00  00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00  |................|
    *
    000001f0  00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00  00 00 00 00 00 00 55 aa  |..............U.|
    00000200
    
    
    =======Devices which don't seem to have a corresponding hard drive==============
    
    sdb sdc sdd
    so what do i do?

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    so something wrong with partition table
    /dev/sda3 overlaps with /dev/sda4
    It would seem that you tried to change the partition table at some point, what program did you use , what did you do ?

    Does XP boot OK ? Is sda4 only storage or do you have any XP programs installed to it ? Does XP give any errors when you access sda4 (likely drive D ?


    Boot sector info: According to the info in the boot sector, sda4 starts
    at sector 63. But according to the info from fdisk,
    sda4 starts at sector 148633443.
    That information indicates that sda4 was a logical volume but now it is a primary partition.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lostfarmer View Post
    It would seem that you tried to change the partition table at some point, what program did you use , what did you do ?

    Does XP boot OK ? Is sda4 only storage or do you have any XP programs installed to it ? Does XP give any errors when you access sda4 (likely drive D ?


    That information indicates that sda4 was a logical volume but now it is a primary partition.
    sorry for the late response, just got back from new years celebration.

    anyway recently I had delete linux root,swap,and home partition using windows diskmanagement and here I am.

    Xp looks okay and running well. sda4 is drive D for storage of videos and music files. There is no errors when I access drive D from windows, and no xp programs are in drive D.

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    What I would do is use a live linux and run 'fdisk /dev/sda' .
    m=dislpay menu
    p=display partition table

    step #1. press 'd' for delete partition
    #2 enter '3' for the extended partition entrie
    #3 press 'p' and make sure it list sda1, sda2 and sda4
    if all looks good press 'w'- write new partition table to disk.
    if it does not look good press 'q' to quit with out written new partition table.

    What you will end up with is sda1,sda2, unalloted space,sda4.

    Do not know why XP's diskmanagemet messed it up.

    You may be adviced to wait and see if any one else see's a problem with my method.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lostfarmer View Post
    What I would do is use a live linux and run 'fdisk /dev/sda' .
    m=dislpay menu
    p=display partition table

    step #1. press 'd' for delete partition
    #2 enter '3' for the extended partition entrie
    #3 press 'p' and make sure it list sda1, sda2 and sda4
    if all looks good press 'w'- write new partition table to disk.
    if it does not look good press 'q' to quit with out written new partition table.

    What you will end up with is sda1,sda2, unalloted space,sda4.

    Do not know why XP's diskmanagemet messed it up.

    You may be adviced to wait and see if any one else see's a problem with my method.
    hey i tried your method and it works. thanks you lostfarmer

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