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problem detecting partitions (partition table)

From: muzzol
Subject: problem detecting partitions (partition table)
Date: Mon, 3 May 2004 06:06:38 +0200
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sorry for this double posting but i think partition image is usefull for you, 
so i attach it.

i got this problem with my main two years old debian system and with a brand 
new installation on another one with debian-installer.

when i run parted it cant detect partitions:

muzdeb:~# cat /proc/partitions 
major minor  #blocks  name

   3     0   29888820 hda
   3     1    7812976 hda1
   3     2    9766008 hda2
   3     3          1 hda3
   3     4    8403192 hda4
   3     5     196024 hda5
   3     6    3710416 hda6
   3    64   80043264 hdb
   3    65          1 hdb1
   3    66    9767520 hdb2
   3    67    9767520 hdb3
   3    68   50733270 hdb4
   3    69    5124672 hdb5
   3    70     104391 hdb6
   3    71    4538331 hdb7
muzdeb:~# parted /dev/hda print
Disk geometry for /dev/hda: 0.000-29188,300 megabytes
Disk label type: loop
Minor    Start       End     Filesystem  Flags
1          0,000  29188,300  fat16       
Information: Don't forget to update /etc/fstab, if necessary. 

muzdeb:~# parted /dev/hdb print
Error: The partition table on /dev/hdb is inconsistent.  There are many reasons
why this might be the case.  However, the most likely reason is that Linux
detected the BIOS geometry for /dev/hdb incorrectly.  GNU Parted suspects the
real geometry should be 9964/255/63 (not 158816/16/63).  You should check with
your BIOS first, as this may not be correct.  You can inform Linux by adding the
parameter hdb=9964,255,63 to the command line.  See the LILO or GRUB
documentation for more information.  If you think Parted's suggested geometry is
correct, you may select Ignore to continue (and fix Linux later).  Otherwise,
select Cancel (and fix Linux and/or the BIOS now).
Ignore/Cancel? i                                                          
Disk geometry for /dev/hdb: 0.000-78167,250 megabytes
Disk label type: msdos
Minor    Start       End     Type      Filesystem  Flags
1          0,031   9538,593  extended              
5          0,062   5004,624  logical   ext3        boot
6       5004,655   5106,599  logical   linux-swap  
7       5106,630   9538,593  logical               
2       9538,594  19077,187  primary   ext3        
3      19077,188  28615,781  primary   ext3        
4      28615,781  78159,990  primary   fat32       boot, lba
Information: Don't forget to update /etc/fstab, if necessary.  
muzdeb:~# parted -v    
GNU Parted 1.6.9
muzdeb:~# uname -a
Linux muzdeb 2.6.0 #3 Fri Jan 9 02:31:06 CET 2004 i686 GNU/Linux

as you can see, on my second hd i get an error but partitions are detected but 
in first one i get just on big fat16 partitons.

ask if you want more information about my system.


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