F8 Install - partition table unreadable

Rich Bishop rjb38 at drexel.edu
Tue Nov 13 14:57:46 UTC 2007


I'm trying to install Fedora 8 on a T42 thinkpad which is currently 
running FC6. I have a separate partition for /home which contains all of 
my data that needs to be preserved.

After selecting the keyboard type the installer pops up a window saying 
"The partition table on device sda was unreadable. To create new 
partitions it must be initialized, causing the loss of ALL DATA on this 
drive". Well, I obviously don't want that, so I say no, and then I have 
no drives to install to on the next screen.

Running fdisk -l /dev/sda in the shell on virtual console 2 shows 
partition information - but I've just noticed that the information 
appears to be wrong:

Under Core 6: Drive is 60GB, 7296 cylinders
Under F8: Drive is 56.4GB, 6859 cylinders

The partitions look the same, but under F8 my last partition appears to 
hang off the end of the disk (as it ends on cylinder 7296).


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