Re: Proposition of a tutorial for the NTFS size bug
*** EDIT by gedakc 2010-02-18: The value 63 is the starting sector of the NTFS file system partition. It might differ on your system.
Write your pbr in a file: dd if=/dev/sda of=/some/where/myCurrentPbr.pbr bs=512 count=1 skip=63
NOTE: Be extra careful when entering the commands. Data loss could result otherwise.
dd if=/some/where/myCurrentPbr.pbr of=/dev/sda bs=512 count=1 seek=63
Can you change the skip and seek to be a bit more visible? On the dump you use skip=63 (or 2048 in my case), whereas on the load it requires seek=63 (or 2048).
I didn't catch that so I was recalling the buffer in the terminal using the up arrow. I kept getting an error that it "cannot skip to specified offset" I finally figured it out, but maybe listing that error at the very end might help too.
Thanks, you rock! I didn't lose mission critical data, but it was a bunch of settings I didn't want to have to set again.
Edit: BTW I was using GParted that was bunded with the SysRescCd, v 1.5.3. It's a few years old (2010), but it was handy and I had never encountered any problems with GParted & NTFS in the past. I'll use a newer version next time ;-)