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PostPosted: Wed Jan 18, 2006 1:15 pm    Post subject: Not able to write partition table, sector size 2048 notice Reply with quote

Hey everybody.

I have a question about an error I'm getting with fdisk during a Gentoo linux install.

Ready to create my partitions for linux, I try to open up fdisk with my hard drive and I get the following messages.

livecd root # fdisk /dev/hda
You will not be able to write the partition table.
Note: sector size is 2048 (not 512)
Device contains neither a valid DOS partition table, nor Sun, SGI, or OSF disklabel
Building a new DOS disklabel. Changes will remain in memory only,
until you decide to write them. After that, of course, the previous
content won't be recoverable.

Warning: invalid flag 0x0000 of partition table 4 will be corrected by w(rite)

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Problem is that I have a current Windows XP install on there that I cannot lose. It normally boots up fine and I'm not sure why this is happening. At the moment I have two hard drives, one IDE, one SATA, Windows XP is on the IDE and I also plan to install Linux on to the IDE. I'm wondering if there's a way to "convert" or rewrite my partition table to something that fdisk can use? If so, what's the best application or way to do this?

Thanks for your help!
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 18, 2006 6:48 pm    Post subject: Re: Not able to write partition table, sector size 2048 noti Reply with quote

digx wrote:
You will not be able to write the partition table.
Note: sector size is 2048 (not 512)

You are trying to partition a cdrom instead of a harddrive.

Use this command to list which devices are actually your harddrives.
Code:
# fdisk -l
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 18, 2006 7:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Moved from Installing Gentoo to Duplicate Threads.
Moved in favour of https://forums.gentoo.org/viewtopic-t-312242.html
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