partition table problems

Janina Sajka janina at
Sat Mar 15 10:36:18 EST 2003

Ouch, and double ouch, Tyler.

Me thinks you're in pretty jdeep here. There's not much you can do if
your partition is actually scrambled. If only a piece of it is, you
might have some success. I do recall there are Linux tools for working
on restoring partitions, but I don't have any to recommend. I'd do a
Google search for "partition tool Linux."

Of course, your data is all still there. The problem is that without a
partition table, you don't know where there is, or what any particular
byte belongs to.

Tyler writes:
> From: Tyler <tspivey8 at>
> sorry for this long email.
> hello. i recently (yesterday) ruined my partition table.
> i was running caldera opendos on my small swap-turned-dos partition,
> and tried to set it active. told it to restore boot record,
> but it was misnamed, and totaled my partition table, i think.
> i know my data is not lost - i hope -, and am wondering what i can do to restore it.
> the equipment i have available is:
> 1 386, had a dectalk pc, can always bring that out of my newer pc and put it back, i will do that anyway.
> a windows pc, with the dectalk pc moved to it - and the pc that ran linux.
> those two pcs - windows and linux - are the same, with a removable hd for the os and a linux data disk with a tiny dos partition for winblows crap.
> the partition table of my linux disk is something like:
> hda1: xx mb ext2
> hda2: 256 mb swap-turned-fat
> hda3: rest of disk, linux /
> how can i restore my partition table? i forgot the size of the first partition though. i think it was either
> 20 or 50 mb, and this is around a 5 gig drive.
> i have avoided writing to the new c drive on that disk - since it might get ruined because dos thinks it's in the wrong place.
> loadlin didn't work, but i didn't have my full kernel. i'll try to download one off slackware's site today, if i get a chance.
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