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How not to delete partitions...

Did nice things to my system today. Started the Fedora Core 2 install & then for some reason decided to do a fresh install. Should have continued carefully instead of which I just did an fdisk /dev/hda & removed the partitions that held FC1. That's when I realised that /boot which was supposed to be /dev/hda9 was now /dev/hda7 & that my Gentoo / & /usr had moved up as well. And then it flashed. Oh Shit!!!

Rebooted to see Grub giving a nice Error 17. Gaah. Tried Knoppix, but grub-install refused to work even though the partition had write permissions. RedHat & FC's rescue modes weren't of any use as there weren't any RedHat/FC installs around anymore. The only option I didn't try was Gentoo's Live CDs. Finally installed FC2 to get grub back up than played in the command line to get it to boot into Gentoo & finally set things right.

Total time wasted due to screw-up : Afternoon Nap of about 3 hours. By the time I was done with all this, it was too late to sleep & had to take Spike for a walk.


( 6 comments — Leave a comment )
Jun. 27th, 2004 09:20 pm (UTC)
umm, in grub, when it gives you the splash screen, you choose to edit, and change the root partition. that's it. boot up, change grub.conf.
Jun. 27th, 2004 09:24 pm (UTC)
Tee Hee. You haven't seen Error 17 then.

Grub Loading Stage 2...
Error 17.

And the system halts. Now there's no way to edit there right? I had to get grub back up first.
Jun. 28th, 2004 07:04 am (UTC)
RedHat & FC's rescue modes weren't of any use as there weren't any RedHat/FC installs around anymore.

That's OK. You could still get to a shell and manually mount the partitions you needed to access.
Jun. 28th, 2004 07:19 am (UTC)
Reiser Partitions? I don't think so.
Jun. 28th, 2004 08:51 pm (UTC)
Oh! Boys and their fancy toys. My /usr partition lives on ext2 for speed and /etc lives on ext3 for reliability. It's OK to lose /usr to power-cuts and stuff once in a while ;)
Jun. 29th, 2004 10:45 pm (UTC)
Hehe. Actually your right. They don't make a huge impact & between reiser & ext3 for a normal user, the difference isn't actually noticable as such.

But then as you rightly said it... Boys and their fancy toys :))
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