[Nottingham] Partition problem

Michael Leuty mike at leuty.net
Thu Apr 29 20:25:37 BST 2004

Please may I ask for a word of advice.

I've been messing around with my computer again, switching distros, that
sort of thing. I seem to have affected the partition table on /dev/hda.

I have two hard disks, and the system is set up as follows:

hda1	NTFS	WindowsXP files
hda2	FAT32	common/backup partition
hda3	ext3	backup partition

hdb1	ext3	/boot
hdb2	ext3	/
hdb3	swap

Fedora Core 1 is installed on hdb, with GRUB as bootloader. Windows XP
is installed on hda1.

Fedora loads without problem, and can access hda2 and hda3. However when
I select the WindowsXP option from GRUB at boot time the screen simply
shows the GRUB menu entry and doesn't boot WinXP. When I run parted I
get the message:

Using /dev/hda
Warning: Unable to align partition properly. This probably means that
another partitioning tool generated an incorrect partition table,
because it didn't havethe correct BIOS geometry.  It is safe to
ignore,but ignoring may cause (fixable) problems with some boot loaders.

Has anyone any ideas about how I may fix this problem?

Michael Leuty <mike at leuty.net>

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