I want to dual boot Fedora and openSuse since I'm testing them out. I need a stable linux work machine for my thesis, and I'm wary of using the latest Ubuntu (Debian is a good candidate, but I am so unfamiliar with it) since Unity broke half of what I need. I might try out the 11.10 Ubuntu release on Thursday to see if Unity is fixed, but that's beside my issue.
[dev][partition type][label] sda1 primary DAMAGED sda2 primary BOOT sda5 logical SUSE sda6 logical swap sda7 logical TRANSIENT sda8 logical swap sda9 logical FEDORA sda4 primary DATA
Ok, so I've partitioned my hard disk so they may co-exist. Attached is my partition configuration. I only realised the issue when I ran openSuse's Live DVD: I don't have a 3rd device identifier. I know the quick fix is to reformat the entire thing so that the logical partitions are way back, but the partition labeled DATA contains information I would rather keep. I don't have an accessible back up drive yet, and would rather fix it without one.
Also, my hard disk is going bad because I unwittingly dropped it and now I have a whole streak of bad sectors isolated at sda1.
How may I go about it?