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Norton Disk Doctor fried my SuSe Linux partition


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linuxwannabee

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I recently installed Symantec SystemWorks 2002 on to our work computer, ran Norton Disk Doctor in Windows 2000, this program then gave a message along the lines of it having detected strange/erroneous partition information.

I was afraid it was referring to my precious SuSe Linux Pro 7.1 partition, so instructed Disk Doctor to ignore this, and to remember to ignore this in future.

The other day, I put my LILO boot floppy into the a: drive and presto! It doesn't work anymore, the cursor flashes and the two letters 'LI' appear and nothing else happens.

I booted up with my Windows 98 boot disc, ran fdisk just to check if the partition information was the same.

It was not. The linux partition had previously been reported as non-dos, but was now being reported as an extended dos partition.

Has anybody else come across this before?

Is there a way of protecting my Linux partition from the vandalous nature of disk maintenance programs, such as Norton Disk Doctor?

I'm going to uninstall Norton Disk Doctor, reinstall my Linux partition and get on to Symantec, but I just wondered if any one else has encountered this kind of problem before and what steps if any, can be done to avoid it?

Your assistance with this, as in all matters - is greatly appreciated

daveB - LinuxWannabee :tazz:
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Linux users BEWARE

If you run Norton Utilities/one of it's components - e.g. Disk Doctor YOU WILL LOSE YOUR LINUX PARTITION and all your work!

Symantec freely admit that it is unwise to use this software if the linux partition resides on the same hard drive.

It will convert your Linux partition (Non-DOS) into an extended DOS partition.

You could risk running this software from a different hard drive - but my advice would be to avoid any program that does this kind of damage and doesn't even warn you!

A splash screen alerting you to the danger before installing the software would be nice - but I guess the needs/issues of Linux users don't figure in Symantec! I would have fed this back as a suggestion, but their web site doesn't provide an obvious link to contact them - always a bad sign from a customer service point of view ;)

Linux Rocks - here's to the revolution :tazz:

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*giggle*
Norton thinks Linux is malicious code? :tazz:

So...

Linux Rocks - here's to the revolution

What do you need Norton for then?
Salon socialist ;)

Bye bye.
Ojo
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Hi

I'm in a multi-user environment where the other office users would have a fit if I'd installed Linux as the only OS on their computers!

I like the gag about the malicious code - perhaps microsoft has done something similar.

Now have linux back on, and taken Norton Disk Doctor off

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