My “microsoft” disc has MSDOS-6.22 and XP-Pro installed and operating on a single 160Gb disc. The openSuSE 10.3 install is successfully installed and working on two other discs. My problem: the Linux boot will NOT recognize and mount the XP partition. When I run parted on the system this is the result for the “microsoft” disc:
(72):% parted -l
Warning: Unable to open /dev/sda read-write (Permission denied). /dev/sda has
been opened read-only.
Model: ATA ST3160023A (scsi)
Disk /dev/sda: 160GB
Sector size (logical/physical): 512B/512B
Partition Table: msdos
Number Start End Size Type File system Flags
1 32.3kB 543MB 543MB primary fat16 boot, , , , , , , , , type=06, ,
2 543MB 160GB 159GB extended , , , , , , lba, , , type=0f, ,
5 543MB 160GB 159GB logical ntfs , , , , , , , , , type=07, ,
All three discs list as (scsi) and Partition table: msdos. What I see is the dual use of the same disc space for partitions 2 and 5. In any event, neither GRUB booting at startup nor any manual boot from Linux will mount the XP partition. Grub properly lists the "“microsoft” disc and allows a proper start of XP or MSDOS after the XP boot code runs. My problem arises because the mount program complains the XP partition, /dev/sda2, is not ntfs nor anything else it can recognize.
How do I alter that XP partition on /dev/sda so it will both be recognized by mount and be mounted along with the MSDOS partition? (ignore the read-write crap on the parted listing; jbb ain’t root)
I just mounted the XP partition as /dev/sda5. Is this the proper solution for fstab?