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Re: [opensuse] Partition Recovery? Is it even missing to begin with or just shifted?
On 08/11/2012 11:50 AM, David Haller wrote:

On Sat, 11 Aug 2012, Carlos E. R. wrote:
Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
/dev/sda1 * 29 29 0 0 Empty
/dev/sda2 63 315291689 157645813+ 7 HPFS/NTFS/exFAT
/dev/sda3 315291690 490223474 87465892+ f W95 Ext'd (LBA)
/dev/sda5 315291753 319195484 1951866 82 Linux swap / Solaris
/dev/sda6 319195548 368017019 24410736 83 Linux
/dev/sda7 368017083 490223474 61103196 83 Linux
I would erase it, then readd it, using fdisk, starting at 1 and
ending at 62. Type I don't know, fat or ntfs. I think it may be a
Windows boot partition.

Naaah. Those are a _LOT_ bigger than 31kB.

DCR: do not do anything just yet.


Just an idea if you haven't already done things to the disk. If you have another hard drive of the same size, and can mount it as an external drive, you can boot up from a live linux disk, and then you can use dd to clone everything at the data level from the corrupted drive to the 2nd drive. Then you can try any test you want to do to the copied drive to see if you can make it work, and if it doesn't work, then you will not have messed up the original drive beyond repair. You will be able to dd copy again and try something new. Once you figure out what will fix the partition table problem, then you will have your answer, and you can do it on the original drive.

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