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Re: [SLUG] Linux on a Pavilion, HP's recovery thingy
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- Subject: Re: [SLUG] Linux on a Pavilion, HP's recovery thingy
- From: Kevin Saenz <ksaenz@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Fri, 06 Jun 2003 08:36:42 +1000
- Cc: slug@xxxxxxxxxxx
- Cc: kevin@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
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Sorry about the delay been playing with debian
I agree with you what I ended up using was partition magic so that I
could keep my info on xp
1. Boot a Linux recovery floppy and run Linux's fdisk / cfdisk (DOS /
Windows' fdisk won't do since it doesn't set partition IDs properly).
List the partitions by typing 'p'. This will be one big NTFS partition
in some Pavilions. In others (which came with no recovery CDs) like
mine, it shows this partition + another small non-bootable primary
partition at the beginning of the hard disk that XP will ignore just
because its ID is type 12 (listed as Compaq recovery in fdisk's list of
2. Delete the big primary partition, and create a smaller primary one.
Like the original one, mark it as NTFS and bootable, and put it at the
beginning of the hard disk (if no recovery partition) or next to the
recovery partition if there is one. Forget about the remaining empty
space and don't create anything else.
don't delete the partition what you are supposed to do is resize the
partition to something smaller
3. Remove any hardware you may have added to your system, then recover
by using either the CD set or the recovery partition.
not really a good idea let both systems discover your extra devices.
4. Use fdisk again to create your fancy setup of data, swapping and
other Linux partitions.
this is the problem every rime you run xp recovery you will lose your linux.
What I did was under XP used partition magic resized the ntfs partition
to allow for linux and it's swap partition.
I then loaded up the linux install and configured the unused partition
to have a swap and fs for linux
really it's not that pain full to cohabitate OS's. Remember the recovery
disk will erase the entire hard driver repartition the system so that it
has one partition.
The recovery software may of course remove your new NTFS partition and
then create its own, but after reading lots of help pages, faqs and
that in HP's support site I'm quite confident that their software may
just use the partition you have created providing that it finds this
partition only, unformatted, primary, tagged as NTFS bootable, and
located in the HD where expected (beginning of available space).
Luckily, you can configure all of that with Linux's fdisk.
Also, have you ever recovered your system using HP's recovery thing?
Did all your hardware work fine after doing it? All the apps too? I'm
keen to give it a try but I don't really want to spend one month
PS: You may be wondering how I found out about your affairs with NTFS
and Pavilion. I put "NTFS fips" on a Google box to try to solve my
problem and clicked on a Slug mail thread you started months ago,
entitled "NTFS without partition magic". I have now subscribed to the
list. BTW, I couldn't have contacted you if you wouldn't have put your
real email address next to your signature..
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