Topic: [SOLVED] help, please? (another ntfsresize corruption...)
Dear gparted team
I read through the tutorial at http://gparted-forum.surf4.info/viewtopic.php?id=13937 and I think I understand it all, but my case doesn't involve the first partition, and I can not tell for sure which parts of the tut to change for sda5. I even tried looking in my hex dump for the magic with the partition IDs I have (converted to hex and inverted) but no luck. So I'm asking in the main forum for some help.
I totally love gparted and I use it all the time. This is the first problem I've ever had with it (and it would have to be on someone else's disk, wouldn't it! *sigh*) However, after seeing the amazing support from this forum, I am confident that the drive will soon be un-boned. I think I like gparted even more after reading this forum - you guys rock!
The problem: I did a succesful ntfsresize on a drive which had only a primary C: ntfs paritition and an extended partition, containing a big D: ntfs partition. I created two more primaries: a linux partition and a swap partition. I then succesfully installed linux, grub etc. However, I underestimated the space for linux and needed to steal a little more from the D: partition, so I tried once more to use the ubuntu 10.0.4 live CD and gparted, resulting in the current state of bonedness.
gparted managed to resize the extended partition, but bombed on resizing the D: partition inside it, leaving me with a reduced extended partition containing something which is too big for it.
If I can return to the previous state (small C:, big extended with D: inside, small linux, tiny swap), I'll be very happy. (In fact, if I can get there, I'll back the whole D: up and then replace it with a primary partition - I hate extended.)
So, if anyone out there is reading this who happens to understand and wants to help, you'll be giving this sad man a very happy new year indeed!
All the best, here's hoping! Also, thanks for all that you do, from a very grateful user!
OK, going by what was requested of some of the others who've written in, I did the following:
# fdisk -l -u
# parted /dev/sda unit s print
# dd if=/dev/sda of=sda-glamplitude.mbr bs=512 count=1
# dd if=/dev/sda of=sda5-glamplitude.mbr bs=512 count=1 skip=31953348
# dd if=/dev/sda of=sda-glamplitude-skip-63.mbr bs=512 count=1 skip=63
(I did the extra dd for sda5 and also for sda, skipping the first 63 just in case that was applicable to my case)
I've put the boot record files up at http://marimbanation.com/gparted and the results from the queries are as follows:
root@ubuntu:~# fdisk -l -u
Disk /dev/sda: 320.1 GB, 320072933376 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 38913 cylinders, total 625142448 sectors
Units = sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes
Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
I/O size (minimum/optimal): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
Disk identifier: 0xcdda6dca
Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
/dev/sda1 * 63 31953284 15976611 7 HPFS/NTFS
/dev/sda2 31953346 618968384 293507519+ f W95 Ext'd (LBA)
/dev/sda3 618968385 624880304 2955960 83 Linux
/dev/sda4 624880305 625137344 128520 82 Linux swap / Solaris
/dev/sda5 31953348 612960074 290503363+ 7 HPFS/NTFS
root@ubuntu:~# parted /dev/sda unit s print
Model: ATA ST3320620AS (scsi)
Disk /dev/sda: 625142448s
Sector size (logical/physical): 512B/512B
Partition Table: msdos
Number Start End Size Type File system Flags
1 63s 31953284s 31953222s primary ntfs boot
2 31953346s 618968384s 587015039s extended lba
5 31953348s 612960074s 581006727s logical ntfs
3 618968385s 624880304s 5911920s primary ext4
4 624880305s 625137344s 257040s primary linux-swap(v1)
root@ubuntu:~# dd if=/dev/sda of=sda-glamplitude.mbr bs=512 count=1
1+0 records in
1+0 records out
512 bytes (512 B) copied, 3.52e-05 s, 14.5 MB/s