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Can not partition harddrive.


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When I try to format /dev/hde I get an error stating that the existing partition is not recognized and I can not change it.
I've tried 'fdisk' and 'drakconf'.
The harddisk (Maxtor 200gb) came out of a W2000 Pro LAN system where it worked fine.
Any ideas on how to solve this problem.

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What does it show for the partition type? You can use fdisk, then the p option to print the partition table.
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It shows nothing. fdisk will not even start.
The error reads;
I can not read the partition table of dev hde. It is too corrupt for me to read.
Unknown partition format table on dev hde.

Any ideas on this.

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Can you try putting it into the system that it came from?

If you don't care about the data or the partition, you can just write a new partition table.
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The sys it came out of no longer exist.
How so I do that when fdisk won't open it?
[root@x64 don]# fdisk /dev/hde

Unable to read /dev/hde
[root@x64 don]#

Also, Mandriva Control Center will not let me partition it either.

Below is out of dmesg;
hde: dma_intr: status=0x51 { DriveReady SeekComplete Error }
hde: dma_intr: error=0x40 { UncorrectableError }, LBAsect=0, high=0, low=0, sector=0
ide: failed opcode was: unknown
end_request: I/O error, dev hde, sector 0
Buffer I/O error on device hde, logical block 0

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First I would download the Maxtor diag program to check the disk out. It looks like it has a problem.

One trick to get fdisk to redo the partition is to wipe out the existing partition. You can use dd to write the first part of the disk, using an input of /dev/zero. I don't think that this will work due to issues with the disk.

You might check the cables and ensure that the jumpers are correctly set.


If the disk is a Diamond Max:

http://www.maxtor.co...amondMax Family
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The drive is in my Linux box and Maxtor's software is for W.
So far everything I see at their website and in the manual is also for W.
I downloaded the bootable .iso file. will see what happens.
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Yeah, that is a bit of a pain, but if you know someone who has Windoze, you can download the program and create the floppy. With a highspeed connection, they could make an image of the floppy and send it to you (helps if they have both Linux and Windoze).
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It worked. /dev/hde exist and is on line.
I downloaded the file PwrMx423En.iso, (1.78mb) burned a bootable CD and booted up.
There it was. I had to do a low level format but Its up and running.

Thanks for all the help.
Now, on to networking for another problem.

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