Slackware :: Use A GPT Partition Table And Tried Installing ( 64 ) 13.1?

Feb 5, 2011

I need to use a GPT partition table and tried installing Slackware(64) 13.1. But it reported that there were no partitions when the disk did have about 10 partitions in the GPT partition table. The MBR partition table was set up with the protective entry that is normal with GPT.

I did a test install using just 2 partitions, initially pointed to via an MBR partition table, and later changed over to a GPT partition table pointing to the same sectors, with the protective MBR, and Slackware boots up and runs just fine.

The lilo command also works just fine. I tried it because I was not sure if it looked at the partition entries, and it would be a critical piece to keep the system running. when Slackware will have GPT support? GPT is required for partitions larger than 2TB or starting after the 2TB line. There are now 3TB drives out, and RAID arrays much larger than 2TB have been possible for years.

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Jan 19, 2010

I am currently running Linux Mint 8 on a Thinkpad T60p and I decided to free up 20 GB, formatted to EXT4 for Slackware.ed G-Parted)I was able to install Slackware with VirtualBox with my Linux Mint host and I was able to follow through with a full installation without any problems.However when I tried to install it on a real partition I got the below notification: "You will not be able to write the partition table.

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Mar 28, 2011

I got a new laptop recently, it came with an ssd drive and preinstalled win7. I downloaded the latest gparted livecd and shrinkd the win partitionto make room for slackware (i'll need the win instaltion for a month or so). Slackware current runs very well on it. Except for the strange error when I run Lilo:

Code:
root@tofiks:/boot# lilo
Warning: LBA32 addressing assumed
Added Slack *
Warning: Device 0x0800: Inconsistent partition table, 2nd entry
CHS address in PT: 153:27:3 --> LBA (2315063)
LBA address in PT: 2459648 --> CHS (162:162:3)
Fatal: Either FIX-TABLE or IGNORE-TABLE must be specified
If not sure, first try IGNORE-TABLE (-P ignore)
When I add that option "-P ignore" it installs fine and I can boot.

Code:
root@tofiks:/boot# lilo -P ignore
Warning: LBA32 addressing assumed
Added Slack *
Warning: Device 0x0800: Inconsistent partition table, 2nd entry
CHS address in PT: 153:27:3 --> LBA (2315063)
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Warning: The partition table is *NOT* being adjusted.
Added w7
3 warnings were issued.

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I was installing opensuse 11.2 in parallel with windows xp.but during installation suddenly power has gone and after that opensuse is giving me the error message corrupt partition.i am also not able to login in xp. so I decide to reinstall windows, I got the error saying "invalid partition table" after the first restart of windows xp installation.

I tried to use windows system recovery console and committing fixmbr and fixboot commands, but didn't work.
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How can I installed windows?My plan was first to install windows xp, then opensuse again.

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I've tried various partitioning commands and gui applications but cant find one that I can give a one line command to to set the partition table, maximum partition size and file system.

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I now cannot mount the swap space at bootup (and have to go into a backup version of the OS), although I can use Gparted in Linux to execute the "swapon" command, and it appears that it worked because I now see "swapoff" as an option on the context menu. (I actually don't even need a swap partition, except to hibernate.) If I highlight the swap partition and click on "Drive" on Gparted's menu bar and select "Create Partition Table", it will erase all data on /dev/sda, so how do I fix the bad partition table non-destructively?

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Mar 27, 2010

I want to change my sda2 partition to ntfs type. i have installed GParted but it is returning a strange type of error. Here is the error dump file...

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WARNING: the kernel failed to re-read the partition table on /dev/sda (Device or resource busy). As a result, it may not reflect all of your changes until after reboot. WARNING: the kernel failed to re-read the partition table on /dev/sda (Device or resource busy). As a result, it may not reflect all of your changes until after reboot.

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Code:

root@u# less /var/log/syslog
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usb 5-1: New USB device strings: Mfr=1, Product=2, SerialNumber=0

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Nov 19, 2009

I'm trying to clone a Linux install to a different laptop. It's made a little complicated by two facts:

1) The 'new' laptop I'm trying to copy my Linux installation to is actually older and has a smaller hard drive then the computer I'm copying from

2) The computer I'm copying from has both a windows and Linux installation; I only care about the Linux partition.

I figured I would copy only the Linux partition from my primary computer to the laptop, sense the laptop doesn't have a large enough hard drive to copy everything. So I used the DD commands to copy SDA3 (main Linux partition) from my main computer to SDA2 of my laptop. When I came back a few hours later I was surprise to find my laptop trying to reboot itself (I never turned it off). It would keep starting to reboot, failing, and restarting itself. Not too surprising sense its boot partition wasn't changed so it's trying to boot into centos when I copied a redhat partition to it.

The problem is that when I used a redhat boot disk the rescue mode was unable to find a Linux partition to mount. /dev/sda2 exists, but trying to mount it gets the complaint "No such file or directory". "fdisk -l" lists sda1 (the boot sector) and sda2. Sda2 is the correct size and reports Linux LVM for its system. But "fdisk -l /dev/sda2" gives the error message "Disk /dev/sda2 doesn't contain a valid partition table" Did I not clone the drive correctly, or was an error caused due to the boot sector not being copied yet (the laptops boot sector is smaller then my old computers, so I can't copy from old computer to laptop)? Can I salvage the laptops partition table somehow, or do I have to repeat the cloning process? And if I do have to re-clone my computer can anyone tell me what I did wrong the first time so it works this time? I don't care if I copy just the Linux partition or both windows and Linux. Even though my main computer has a larger hard drive I'm only using about half of its available space so it should be possible to copy both partitions if I could ignore the unused sections of the harddrive.

Edit: I used DD to copy a tiny part of the Linux partition from my laptop so I could look at it. Most of it is illegible binary of course, but I scrolled through till I found some text right near the beginning:

Code:

VolGroup00 {
id="F2MWxh-....-BidcLe"
seqno = 1

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So it seems that the DD command did copy everything over to the laptop, which is good to know. I noticed that it says device="/dev/sda3" right in the middle of the code I just posted. The Linux section of my original computer was SDA3 but I copied it to partition SDA2 of my laptop. So is the problem because the boot partition is for the wrong device? I don't suppose if I modified that one line to say SDA2 it would be able to load correctly? (Not that I know how I would modify the line, short of using the DD command again).

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What I believe has happened is that I've corrupted the partition table. Essentially one of my partitions' ending point exceeds the maximum number of cylinders/sectors on my drive.

Essentially I have the same problem as on the thread @ [url] but do not know how to fix this and am afraid to reformat/partition based on sectors without really knowing what I'm doing here.

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When I try to look at SDA in GParted everything shows up as unallocated (though it's obviously not) and it says

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Jul 18, 2011

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Nov 5, 2010

I need to copy partition table for sda, I have 3 primary partitions and 1 extended partition on sda. I understand that fdisk cant copy extended partition table and I need to use sfdisk.

Correct me if I am wrong -

1. For primary partitions

Code:
dd if=sda-mbr.bin of=/dev/sdX bs=1 count=64 skip=446 seek=446
2. For extended partition
Code:
sfdisk -d /dev/sda2 > backup-sdX.sf
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Is their anything I am doing wrong in Testdisk that it won't write the table?Nothing else has been written to the disk.I very carefully recorded the partition information - is their any way to manually enter?

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Mar 17, 2010

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I installed FreeBSD on the empty space at the beginning of the drive. The slice I created did not start on the first block. There were a few MB of free space before and after it.

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