Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 56314
Hard Disk Partition table is being erased by fdisk if Windows XP originally created it.
Last modified: 2007-04-18 12:38:18 EDT
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Description of problem:
If Windows XP is installed on one Partition of the HD you cannot install
Redhat on another, fdisk cannot read out the partitions. If you try it the
partition table is going to be destroyed and your whole HD is unreadable.
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
Steps to Reproduce:
1. Install Win XP
2. Start Linux Installation
3. When you start fdisk you get a warning which must not be ignored!
4. If you ignore it, partitions are no more readable
Actual Results: The system won't boot anymore, fdisk shows an empty
Expected Results: fdisk should show your partitions, if Windows 2000 is
used it works.
Windows XP does not use the same coding of the partitiontable as Windows
2000, even if it seems to.
fdisk is in util-linux, so this is a util-linux bug and not a lilo bug
What is this warning?