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SubjectRe: Disk Geometries reported incorrectly on 2.6.0-testX
On Sat, Nov 29, 2003 at 07:16:31AM +0200, Szakacsits Szabolcs wrote:
> > Yes there is. "Correct" is defined by the BIOS. It is important
> > for boot loaders (in particular Windows).
>
> I suspected the same ... What Windows you mean? DOS (9x/ME/etc) or NT based
> (NT4/2000/XP/2003)? All?

Good question. From 98 up, Windows supports both LBA and CHS. I'm not
sure about XP/2003. The real question is: what is the default install?
How many users have each?

> Also, can Parted save/restore the full and exact partition table a
> scriptable way? I mean something like this:
>
> sfdisk -d /dev/hda > hda.pt # save
> sfdisk /dev/hda < hda.pt # restore
>
> sfdisk can't recover geometry so apparently no one-liner, widely available,
> partition table backup/recovery is possible at present on Linux :-o
> dd if=/dev/hda of=hda.mbr bs=512 count=1 won't save the logical partitions.

Parted can't do it. :/

Cheers,
Andrew

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