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revised Rewriting partition table to be BIOS/DOS compatible
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comment Rewriting partition table to be BIOS/DOS compatible
Well I let TestDisk rewrite the partition table, and now it is not giving those errors. I will try plugging the drive into the computer tomorrow morning and hopefully it will get past the BIOS like it used to. I’ll update then…
Jan
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comment Rewriting partition table to be BIOS/DOS compatible
I tired fixboot, but it did nothing (testdisk still gives the same error).
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comment Rewriting partition table to be BIOS/DOS compatible
Except that I cannot boot into Windows on the drive in question. I can boot into another instance of Windows with the problem-drive attached as a USB drive. I don’t think bootrec can affect the MBR of another drive. And I’d prefer to avoid live-cds and such if at all possible; I’m sure it doesn’t have to come to that, there should be a way to do it in Windows.
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comment Rewriting partition table to be BIOS/DOS compatible
@sawdust, well yes, technically third, but in that context, I was referring to the partitions of use (the 100MB boot-partition is actually hidden and inaccessible in Windows, so I wasn’t counting it when I was describing the user-partitions). That partition is the primary anyway, the others are in the extended partition, so in a way, the third one is indeed the secondary partition.
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comment Rewriting partition table to be BIOS/DOS compatible
@psusi, I didn’t have the system on hand when I posted the question, but I got the information. TestDisk says number of heads/cylinder mismatches 224 (NTFS) != 255 (HD) … number of sectors per track mismatches 19 (NTFS) != 63 (HD) and it says bad relative sectors under each of the two partitions (boot-partition and main full-drive partition—the other one is indeed gone and merged into the main one).
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comment Recursive download of subfolder with wget - --no-parent apparently not working
it only download the index.html file That was because you were using l 2. Since you did not change the accepted answer, I guess you never increased the recursion level to realize this is the best answer for the question as it had been asked.
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comment wget recursively with -np option still ascends to parent directory
I was just having this problem (ascending to parent even with -np). I did a quick search, landed here, saw my old answer, added the trailing slash, and bam! it worked. ☺
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comment Windows FAT/NTFS Low-Level Disk Viewer (Norton DiskEdit alternative)
The problem was (and still is) that most of those just open the disk/image in a simple hex-editor; they don’t actually interpret the bytes as disk structures like boot-records, FATs, and directory entries.