faulty disk partitioning in 386/ix

0000-Admin0000 root at mustang.dell.com
Sat Oct 28 08:54:32 AEST 1989

Yes the ISC fdisk will not create multiple partitions correctly if you use the "percentage" option instead of specifying the actual starting/ending cylinders.  This is especially troublesome if you have a DOS partition on the drive, followed by the UNIX.  If you fill up the dos partition (or nearly so) it will overwrite the start of the UNIX root partition.  I believe they blame the failure on improper rounding in converting percentage values to cylinder numbers.

James R. Howard
Dell Computer Corporation  P#: (512) 343-3480
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