[linux] Help with Linux install
zanfur at zanfur.com
Wed Jul 2 03:43:20 PDT 2003
More than likely the label is corrupt. You may want to try running
cfdisk, it's very good about not writing out-of-spec labels.
Another possiblity is that fdisk can't write to the MBR of the hard
drive. If you have you BIOS set to enable virus protection, the BIOS
won't allow writes to sector 0 of the boot drive (which is where the
label is stored that fdisk tries to access).
I can stop by sometime and look into this, if you like. An exact error
message would be more helpful, if you'd rather resolve this via email.
On Wed, Jul 02, 2003 at 02:11:13AM -0700, Terence Tak-Shing Tam wrote:
> Hi guys,
> After a long break from using Linux I decided to pop Redhat 9
> onto my primary machine as a dual boot. I've gotten to the point where
> you partition the hard drives (using either FDisk or Disk Druid). I get
> an error message saying that my hard drive appears to be corrupt. There
> is an existing Windows 2000 partition on it.
> I get the same error with Mandrake Linux 9.1.
> I am currently using an Adaptec 29160 SCSI card, the only drive
> on the chain is set to SCSI ID0; a 10k rpm Fujitsu 18Gb drive. The
> drive was previously partitioned under I believe Redhat 6 (?) with an
> Adaptec 2940 card, which had passed away.
> Any suggestions? I am guessing that it's my Adaptec card not
> being recognized properly; I know that Win2k install requires a special
> driver disc too with this card.
> -=- Terence
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