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power outage while in FDISK!

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Fred Martin_1
Valued Contributor

power outage while in FDISK!

I was in FDISK on a machine, and the power went out. After going back into FDISK, I'm in a catch 22.

It says there are no logical partitions in the extended partition, but when I try to delete the extended partition, it says it can't because there is a logical partition (!).

Can't create another logical either, because it says the existing logical partition is taking all the space (yeah, the same one that isn't there).

OK - all I really want to do is wipe this drive clean and start over.

The power outage during FDISK appears to have fouled it up.

What next?
Ron Kinner
Honored Contributor

Re: power outage while in FDISK!

Try Free Fdisk.

Supposed to be a lot smarter than MS Fdisk. Maybe it can figure out what is wrong.

Jon Finley
Honored Contributor

Re: power outage while in FDISK!

try: fdisk /mbr

Then go back into fdisk and try to remove the partition. Otherwise search for an executable named delpart (comes in 2 flavors exe and com).

EXE - has an interface.
COM commandline only.

"Do or do not. There is no try!" - Yoda
Fred Martin_1
Valued Contributor

Re: power outage while in FDISK!

Well, it turned out to be something different altogether, as these things sometimes do.

The boot disk that was used to get into FDISK in the first place was created via Win98.

The mystery partition was an old NTFS partition, which FDISK could not read.

The power outage fooled us all, and had nothing to do with the issue.

And life -could- be boring.