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RE: forwarded message from Thierry Laronde

From: Graeme Vetterlein
Subject: RE: forwarded message from Thierry Laronde
Date: Mon, 28 Jul 2003 14:49:55 +0100


I am the user reporting the original problem ... the nettiquete on the
is starting to lose me ... several breaks. I hope the snippet below is a
correct quote
from you:

AB> (More precisely: The four primary partitions are always numbered,
AB> and always numbered in table order.  The logical partitions are
AB> numbered in chain order.  If the chain zigzags over the disk,
AB> then chain order will differ from sector order.
AB> Neither Linux nor DOS has any objection against zigzagging chains.)

The original problem is that W2K would not boot. Specifically it gave the

        windows 2000 could not start because the following file is missing
or corrupt: <windows 2000 root>/system32/ntoskrnl.exe

As you could see from the various fdisk outputs the w2k partition was in the
fourth entry
of the MBR (i.e. entry No 3 ... using zero based numbers) However the the
boot.ini file
on the W2K filesystem said:

[boot loader]
[operating systems]
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINNT="Microsoft Windows 2000
Professional" /fastdetect

...I'm no W2K expert, but that partition(1)  does not sound like 4 or 3 ...I
think when W2K
says partition(1) it means 'the first non-empty partition' ... thus when
extra partitions
are added it is no longer the first non-empty entry.  THUS I suspect W2K
does have a problem
with zig-zagging chains as extra (non empty) partions appear the 'W2K name'
for itself keeps

BTW: I think you might have picked up on a question I asked about
terminology ... since the terms
people use here seem to differ a lot (slot No, entry, partition No etc, zero
based one based etc)
I suspect this is at the root of a lot of confusion.

FYI; I 'cloned' the disk [roir to install so I still have the 'before' image
as well as the 'after' image.



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