Slackware :: Error: Bad Primary Partition 2: Partition Ends In The Final Partial Cylinde

Dec 29, 2010

I'm slack 13.1, I am trying to install it, but always gives an error. I type cfdisk and appears this error:

Fatal error: bad primary partition 2: Partition ends in the final partial cylinde Press any key to exit cfdisk

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Jan 8, 2011

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Dec 30, 2010

Fedora 14 xfce

I have the following partition setup. I would like to know how can I convert the logical partition sda6 to a primary partition.

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255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 38913 cylinders, total 625142448 sectors
Units = sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes
Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes


I would like to convert sda6 to a primary partition, the reason for this it to install windows 7 starter.

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I want to assign 10GB for Primary one and wanna create Two 14GB partitions , I Also dont know what Swap partition Is.

Since i am a month old ( January 2011 ! ) UBUNTU user who hates MS Windows now, if i gets this problem solved , i can convince more people to replace their OS to Ubuntu .

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Feb 6, 2011

So I was creating a bootable USB stick with Unetbootin and accidentally selected my hard drive instead of the flash drive. My system is still running but I'm pretty sure I hosed it and it's not going to boot again if I restart. When I run cfdisk on my boot drive it says "FATAL ERROR: Cannot open disk drive". When I run cfdisk without a drive specification it says "FATAL ERROR: Bad primary partition 2: Partition ends in the final partial cylinder". I think this problem is probably not specific to OpenSUSE but I figured this is as good a place to start as any.

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Jul 28, 2011

I made a fresh ubuntu server installation with two of the same hard disk drives in RAID1 mode.When the installation finished, I had some errors in random times rendering the system unresponsibleCode:end_request: I/O error, dev sda, sector <Number>From the above error, it looks like there was a problem with disk sda so I decided to change it with another same disk and rebuild the RAID1.

When I put the new hard disk on it, created a raid partition of the maximum allowed size and tried to add it to the raid array (after having removed the previous disk) I got an error saying that the new partition is not large enough to join this existing RAID1 array!Then an "fdisk -l" command shown something weird...The existing working hard disk in the RAID shows that it has 38913 cylinders but the partition starts at 1 and ends at 38913+1=38914!!How is this possible? When I create a partition myself I am not allowed to put numbers larger than the total number of cylinders!

# fdisk -l
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I have an older Dell Inspiron e1505. The hard-drive went bad years ago and I look to revive it. I purchased a new hard-drive and proceeded to install Windows XP Pro that I have a partial install of XP professional but do not have the key. Microsoft explained because I cannot find I would have to buy a new one instead of keeping my key within their Microsoft store. So instead of purchasing a new key I would like to install the latest version of Ubuntu and go the Linux route.

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Apr 4, 2011

I'm running an Acer Aspire 1830T-3721 dual-booting Windows 7 with Ubuntu 10.10 (Desktop).

Background: So first I dropped my laptop a couple feet while Windows was running. The laptop immediately shut off and then tried to boot. Booting Windows results in an unfortunate "Windows has encountered a problem communicating with a device connected to your computer. The error can be caused by ... faulty hardware ... Status: Oxc00000e9 Info: An unexpected I/O error has occurred." But Ubuntu booted fine, and could access my NTFS files fine, so I was trying to work on the problem from there. I try a few utilities, looking at the partition table, etc without actually applying any changes.

Then I run a fsck on the drive. It loudly warns me that if I continue on a mounted drive, then I'm going to mess things up. In a moment of stupidity I push on, thinking that surely it would ask me for more configuration, or confirmation, before actually starting. The fsck runs for about 1 second before I Ctrl-C it, running some preliminary stuff and then just starting pass 1.

After this, Ubuntu won't boot anymore. Instead, it hangs just after the init-bottom script runs. If I boot with init=/bin/bash, I can get to a shell, and see that my file system is still there, but not sure what else to do.

I've been running off of a SysRescCD LiveCD, from which I've looked at the drive with testdisk. Testdisk reports that "the hard disk seems too small" while showing me the partition table.

I ran a fsck on the Linux partition; it fixed a bunch of things. There has been no apparent effect on the boot behavior.

I can access all my files, back them up, and reinstall Ubuntu, but I'm hoping there's a better solution, perhaps one that will also help me repair my Windows installation (but I'm looking at one problem at a time here).

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Sep 9, 2010

I somehow messed up my filesystem. I installed Ubuntu directly with LVM. This created an extended partition including a logical one. When I run out of space, I just increased my space (through VMware) and then added a new PRIMARY partition.

Then I added this one to the volumegroup and increased the logical volume. After I did this a few times, there were no longer any primary partitions allowed (only 4). Then I resized the FS, resized the logical volume, resized the volume group, and removed the physical volume. Now I'm no longer able to create an extended volume (only one) but it's not at the end (there are other primary partitions behind this one at the disk), so I'm not able to create some logical volumes.

What is the best possibility to add some space to the LVM and being able to do this a few times in the future again?

further info:


fdisk -l for sda:

There was a /dev/sda3 at the end of the disk. I already deleted this partition.

So the order on the disk is: sda1 | sda2 (extended) | sda5 (logical referred in sda2) | sda4 | free space

Does it matter that there is type "Linux" for sda4 or can I without damaging the lvm just change it (with cfdisk) to "Linux LVM"?

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Oct 28, 2010

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Jan 11, 2011

I'm installing the ubuntu on my new computer with 1 TB hard drive (and core i7 870 with 4G RAM), for the purpose of scientific computing. I have two questions:

1. Since I am not absolutely certain that the simulation won't use larger swap space than usual (say 3x4G = 12G), I intend to set it initially as 12G keeping in mind that I might have to extend it later. So one might suggest putting it on lvm partition. But then I read that I can maximize the speed if I put the swap at the outer track. If I mix it with the other logical volumes in the same volume group, then I don't know where my swap space is across my hard drive, isn't it? So this might suggest I make it as a primary partition. I'm stuck..

2. My current planned partition map is
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/usr 20G
/var 5G
/home the rest

taking into account I will install MATLAB and maybe other visualization software. What do you think of this scheme?

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May 15, 2010

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May 15, 2010

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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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Feb 8, 2010

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So I tried to convert this logical one into primary, but of no use... Is it possible to convert that unpartitioned space which is under logical drive to a primary one!

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My issue is, my laptop currently already has three primary partitions. One for windows, one for recovery and one "SYSTEM_DRV" (used to hold OEM windows license info apparently). I dont want to mess with any of those partitions. my question is, can I still install Ubuntu when I only have one primary partition?

I read about extended and logical partitions in the guide, but the wording was pretty confusing. All it said was Ubuntu needs two partitions, it didnt say if the partitions could be any type.

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Feb 25, 2011

I'm running Ubuntu 10.10

I have been running a dual boot system for a while now and I haven't logged onto the Windows side for quite a while. I'm ready to whack it.

What I want to do is get rid of sda1, sda2, sda3 partitions(all Windows related) - migrate my Linux install(sda5) to a Primary partition, migrate the swap out of the extended partition, and then make everything else my "data"(ext4) basically go to 2 primary partitions and a swap.

I know how to ultimately get to my one big "data" partition, but the part I'm not so sure or comfortable with is whacking the current Primary partitions and migrating the Ubuntu install to the new primary partition.

Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
/dev/sda1 1 13 102400 de Dell Utility
Partition 1 does not end on cylinder boundary.
/dev/sda2 * 13 1926 15360000 7 HPFS/NTFS


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