[GRLUG] Wonky old computer

Eric Beversluis ebever at researchintegration.org
Mon Sep 15 15:13:02 EDT 2014

Turns out there are two HDDs, per Adam's guess. Which makes it easier to 
understand why the Fedora system is available but not the Windows 
system--I'm guessing it's unlikely that one partition would go bad but 
not another on the same HDD barring some process having corrupted one of 
the partitions.

I've removed the wonky HDD and will experiment some with it via an 
IDE-USB connection. I don't think there's actually that much data on it 
that I'd need. The eTower will go to recycle along with some other 
oldie's that should have gone out long ago.


On 09/15/2014 02:19 PM, andross at gmail.com wrote:
> Yeah, failing hard drive, probably mucked up the partition tables. You 
> might be able to use testdisk to rebuild the partition table and get 
> at the data.
> On Mon, Sep 15, 2014 at 6:30 AM, Adam Tauno Williams 
> <awilliam at whitemice.org <mailto:awilliam at whitemice.org>> wrote:
>     On Sat, 2014-09-13 at 19:46 -0400, Eric Beversluis wrote:
>     > I was checking out an old computer this morning--a dual boot
>     setup with
>     > an early Fedora and Win98 on it--I hadn't run it for 6 or so years.
>     > Initially it booted up nicely to Windows (I aborted the Fedora
>     boot when
>     > my flat-screen monitor didn't like the resolution it was getting
>     from
>     > Fedora). But at some point it froze up and I had to power it down.
>     > Now it won't boot at all. It gets to the point of saying it's
>     found a
>     > boot at IDE 0 but then hangs. "Searching for boot record from
>     IDE-0. .OK"
>     > With Knoppix I can access the old Fedora files but even Knoppix
>     doesn't
>     > see the Windows partition--it only sees /dev/sda1 and /dev/sda2, the
>     > Fedora and swap partitions.
>     > Any ideas? Did the Windows partition just somehow self-destruct?
>     Does the system physically have two drives?  If it has only one then
>     wither SDA1 or SDA2 is the Windows partition.  What does the output of
>     "/sbin/fdisk -l" look like?
>     You have a failed/failing drive most likely - no surprise for a drive
>     that sat idle for six years.
>     --
>     Adam Tauno Williams <mailto:awilliam at whitemice.org
>     <mailto:awilliam at whitemice.org>> GPG D95ED383
>     Systems Administrator, Python Developer, LPI / NCLA
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