[CS-FSLUG] Hard drive won't format - or maybe stay formatted.

Tim Young Tim.Young at LightSys.org
Wed Aug 4 20:57:48 CDT 2010

  Hi.  Check the BIOS to see if it has a protected MBR.  Some BIOSes 
have an anti-virus setup that keeps you from writing to the partition 
table or the MBR.

     - Tim

On 8/4/2010 8:51 PM, davidm at hisfeet.net wrote:
> Trying to install linux on a vista machine that was not bootable when it
> came to me. I tried to rescue windows, but after talking to the owner
> decided she would be happier and better served with a good Linux install.
> So a formatted the 250 GB drive to several partitions of ext3 and a swap
> file (some of those partitions in a extended partition).  before I did, I
> noticed that the ntfs partition that was there was preceded by an
> unformatted area of perhaps 18GB. But I formated the whole drive with
> Gparted.
> When I got done I told Gparted to write the partition table. When I did
> that the carefully laid out partitions disappeared from Gparteds screen. I
> tried several times.  In between checked the disk And supposedly corrected
> it with testdisk. Eventually I got the result that gparted began to look
> only at the 232GB that was occupied by the original ntfs file.
> At that point I went to studying if there was another approach, and cfdisk
> was suggested. So I gave it a spin.  It found three poorly defined
> partitions on the disk, and I deleted them all and made the whole disk one
> partiton. But again when it wrote the partition table the partition
> dappeared.
> So I tried doing the partitioning within the install of linux
> (Mint9-Isadora), but when it got to the end of the installation and wrote
> Grub to the MBR, again the whole setup disapeared.
> I thought about not letting it write the partition table to sda, but
> rather to sda1, but Mint doesn't seem to have a way to do that unless I'm
> missing something. And besides that would bring on a hassle when booting.
> Is this drive just trash, or is there a way to get it right?
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