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sfa ok 8th October, 2001 10:21 PM

Changing partitions screwed up Windows and Linux
I was deleting and creating some partitions in Partitionmagic. After it was finished, everything was screwed up. In Linux, it can't find the kernel image, and in Windows it says that its paging file is too small or doesn't exist, but won't let me get far enough to change it. I'm using Mandrake 8.1's graphical boot loader (I'm pretty sure it uses LILO). Help me fix either one, I need to boot into something!

Super 8th October, 2001 11:34 PM

See if Partition Magic's Drive Mapper can help you. Use the rescue disks.

sfa ok 9th October, 2001 12:27 AM

Umm...I kinda don't have a floppy drive right now. I need at least one OS, I don't care if one doesn't work. Also, it isn't the kernel image in Linux, it can't mount the root FS.

Super 9th October, 2001 01:04 AM

ok, did you set one partition to be active?

sfa ok 9th October, 2001 01:08 AM

I'm pretty sure that the Win2000 partition is still the active one.

Vryce 9th October, 2001 01:44 AM

did you change the partition that windows boots to (ie, went from c: to d: ) ??

also, you likely changed the linux boot partition...I would say use a boot disk and use the params /dev/hd(whatever your partiton would now be) but you don't have a floppy drive...perhaps you can boot it off a cd, then edit lilo.conf to boot off the right partition as normal..

sfa ok 9th October, 2001 01:55 AM

I didn't change the Windows partition, but I knew what was wrong with the Linux one. Is there any way to change it in LILO without booting into Linux?

Daniel ~ 9th October, 2001 02:48 AM

Send OddOne @ OC MoJo an E-mail, the guys a whiz at partitions.

Aedan 13th October, 2001 05:21 PM

Re: Changing partitions screwed up Windows and Linux

Originally posted by sfa ok
I was deleting and creating some partitions in Partitionmagic. After it was finished, everything was screwed up.
Nice. (; You have to be VERY VERY careful using Partition Magic. It's usable, but only if you understand the implications of what you do! (;

What did you do with the partitions? You say you were deleted and creating some partitions - what sort of partitions in what place on the disk. The layout of the partitions makes a huge impact if you change them - the order is critical.

The LILO not finding the kernel means you've moved the boot file system (/boot if you have one, / if you don't) to a different partition. You may not have done this directly, but if you altered ANY partitions before it, then you have changed where the boot file system is!

I presume you modified the partition that Windows had its swap file on - I don't know offhand of a good fix for it though. I'll see what I can find.


surlyjoe 14th October, 2001 01:40 PM

doesnt partition magic stress that you need to do a back up before using their software?? , sorry couldnt resist the RTFM =D

I think there are memory managers that will let you set up your swapfile from DOS. or I might still be loaded from last night and way off the mark :P

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