Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 45885
linux installer hoses hard disk for windows 2k
Last modified: 2005-10-31 17:00:50 EST
i couldn't find a component for this problem, so i picked mtools, since
that has something to do with the sort of problem. please forward to
Description of Problem:
The installer (the part where it formats the filesystem and copys the
files) popped up an error either with the partitioning or the disk
geometry. It rebooted, 'fixed' the problem, and installed fine. but now
the windows installer can't read the drive, reporting:
error 00008001: unable to arcread boot partition for signature.
dos fdisk /mbr reports: Master Boot Code NOT Updated.
partition magic won't even load, and reports 'unable to access master boot
I low level formatted the drive and used mbrtool (from diydatarecovery) to
wipe the entire track 0. I also used it to put down the standard wintel
boot code and signature bytes (using mbrtool, since dos fdisk won't work).
All I want to do is put win2k back (since i have a dedicated linux box now)
probably not very, since this sounds similar to bug #28281. I have an abit
kt7 mb with a 1 ghz athlon thunderbird. everything runs off an adaptec
29160 controller. The drive is an IBM DDYS 18 GB SCSI /160 drive. There
is also a pioneer DVD drive, a plextor 40x reader and a plextor 12x
writer. There may be existing SCSI bugs, because the hard drive would
never boot if support for bootable cdroms was enabled in the SCSI BIOS.
But i did have w2k installed successfully. Here's what i did:
Steps to Reproduce:
1. start with 1 w2k partition.
2. used partition magic to make a data partition, w2k partition, and empty
space for linux.
3. installed linux, got a warning about partitions in the wrong order, and
then the above error message.
4. rebooted, linux installed fine, then no dos / win programs could read
5. low level formatted the drive, wiped track 0, windows still can't see
I suspect that the problem is that the linux partitioner (i used fdisk) is
capable of affecting more of the drive than the dos fdisk. i would like
to know exactly what linux fdisk can do that dos fdisk can't. i suspect it
changed the drive geometry, and i'll mess with that tonight.
I moved the bug to util-linux since he used fdisk
Assigning to util-linux owner; doesn't seem to be reproducable though. (Yes,
it's probably a duplicate of #28281)
*** This bug has been marked as a duplicate of 28281 ***