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Dos first drive overwritten?

From: Declan. Moriarty
Subject: Dos first drive overwritten?
Date: Mon, 20 Oct 2003 18:03:48 +0100
User-agent: Mutt/1.3.99i

I am sure you have come across this before:

I installed grub - as per linuxfromscratch instructions, in the grub

root (hd0,1)
setup (hd0)
It wrote 15 sectors of e2fs on the first (vfat)partition, which now is
buggered beyond rescue by dos tools. It's a new 40G disk. this is the
o/p of fsisk -l

Disk /dev/hda: 255 heads, 63 sectors, 4863 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 bytes

   Device Boot    Start       End    Blocks   Id  System
   /dev/hda1   *         1      1275  10241406    c  Win95 FAT32 (LBA)
   /dev/hda2          1276      1280     40162+  83  Linux  [/boot]
   /dev/hda3          1281      1357    618502+  82  Linux swap
   /dev/hda4          1358      4863  28161945    f  Win95 Ext'd (LBA)
   /dev/hda5          1358      1740   3076447    b  Win95 FAT32
   /dev/hda6          1741      3015  10241406   83  Linux [LFS-3.3]
   /dev/hda7          3016      3653   5124703+  83  Linux [THIZ]
   /dev/hda8          3654      4863   9719293+  83  Linux [LFS-5.0]

The Dos entry in menu.lst is
        rootnoverify (hd0,0)
        chainloader +1

Linux is fine - now. I did have some fun, but sorted it (root should
never go near a pc _before_ he finishes waking up ;-). I have entries
for and can boot lfs-3.3 and lfs-5. 

The dos Error I see is "Invalid media - Drive C". It is assigned a drive
letter, but is not accessible. I tried with scandisk - it took one look
and quit. NDD makes a better attempt: It failed on startup examination
(error reading drive c: abort/retry/fail; I chose Fail). It then
complained about the boot record, went to rewrite it, failed, and came
up with no options. It didn't even suggest a format.

Please copy me on any replies as I am offlist. Is there a doc, or
something I can refer to? I did check the FAQ. Why is it writing e2fs on
a vfat partition?

        With best Regards,

        Declan Moriarty.

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