[K12OSN] updating kernel from FC3 to FC3smp lost partitions

M.Pribik mpribik at zoznam.sk
Mon Feb 7 17:11:23 UTC 2005

Thank you all for reactions.
This problem with updating FC3 to FC3smp simply happened. I had no double
booted system.
I tried fdisk, but I could see only 2 partitions. One boot and second large
So I dowloaded 3-th party partition manager and I started to look for lost
partitions. Waw, it found them all lost. I confimed
restoring them. The program did it. After rebooting I could see all
partitions but the operating system was instable
and crashed. So I had to do full instalation once again..
Now it works fine.

----- Original Message -----
From: "Les Mikesell" <les at futuresource.com>
To: <robowens at myway.com>; "Support list for opensource software in schools."
<k12osn at redhat.com>
Sent: Monday, February 07, 2005 3:02 PM
Subject: Re: [K12OSN] updating kernel from FC3 to FC3smp lost partitions

> On Mon, 2005-02-07 at 05:59, Rob Owens wrote:
> > Are you sure that the partitions are gone?  Perhaps they
> > are still there, but a /home *directory* was created and
> > your home partition no longer has a mount point.  I have
> > no idea why this would happen as a result of updating the
> > kernel, though.
> The only scenario I can even imagine where a kernel update would
> change your apparent partitioning would be if you were previously
> configured with a multi-boot setup and the grub.conf update
> erroneously activated the wrong one.  Even this seems pretty
> unlikely and it wouldn't change the partitions as seen by fdisk
> - but it could pick a different root partition containing a
> different /etc/fstab to mount them.
> Try 'fdisk -l' to see if the right number of partitions are
> still out there.  Then look at /etc/grub.conf (which should be
> a symlink to /boot/grub/grub.conf and the same across multiple
> instances but check that too).  If you have multiple boot
> choices, do they have different root partitions?
> --
>   Les Mikesell
>     les at futuresource.com
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