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SubjectRe: very large FAT16 partition not readable on 2.6.0-test11
On Tue, Dec 09, 2003 at 03:03:33PM -0800, Greg KH wrote:

> I just bought a new USB/Firewire external drive. It comes pre-formatted
> as FAT16 (or so shows fdisk) as one big 80Gb partition. Unfortunately,
> Linux can't seem to mount this partition, and I get the following dmesg
> output when trying to mount the partition:
> FAT: bogus number of reserved sectors
> VFS: Can't find a valid FAT filesystem on dev sdb1.
>
> Now before I blow it away and put a sane filesystem on this disk, I
> saved off the MBR and the initial portion of the partitions if anyone
> wants to poke around and take a look at it. I'll keep the filesystem
> as-is for a few days if anyone wants me to get any more data from it.

Good.

* fat16_sdb1: this is all zeros. No filesystem at all, which explains
why it won't mount.
* fat16_mbr: nothing wrong here

Device Boot Start End #sectors Id System
fat16_mbr1 63 156360644 156360582 6 FAT16
fat16_mbr2 0 - 0 0 Empty
fat16_mbr3 0 - 0 0 Empty
fat16_mbr4 0 - 0 0 Empty

* fat16_sdb:
There is a little bit of data here - don't know what it is.

Andries

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