View Full Version : [ubuntu] Help! Dell Vista partitions driving me crazy!

August 5th, 2009, 01:44 AM
I have a Dell Inspiron 6400 which came with Vista pre-installed.
I used to have it dual booting with Ubuntu 7.04, but I've been trying to install 9.04 for a few days now.
Originally, gparted complained about overlapping partitions so I tried to fix this with TestDisk. Following this, the laptop refused to reboot.
I managed to fix this using a System Rescue CD to boot Vista and create a Vista repair CD from which I could fix the MBR.
I now have a laptop that boots Vista once more. However, gparted now complains with the error:
Can't have a partition outside the disk!
Although the partition table seems to be fine when viewed using testdisk /list, when I run sudo fdisk -l from the Ubuntu live CD I get:

Disk /dev/sda: 160.0 GB, 160041885696 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 19457 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes
Disk identifier: 0x18000000

Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
/dev/sda1 1 10 80293+ 6 FAT16
/dev/sda2 * 11 1316 10485760 7 HPFS/NTFS
/dev/sda3 1316 10893 76926964+ 7 HPFS/NTFS
/dev/sda4 10894 19458 68798362+ f W95 Ext'd (LBA)
/dev/sda5 17981 19196 9767488+ c W95 FAT32 (LBA)
/dev/sda6 19197 19458 2096128 c W95 FAT32 (LBA)

I believe the partitions are as follows:

Dell Diagnostics
Recovery Partition
Vista OS
Extended Partition
FAT32 partition for data sharing
Dell MediaDirect partition

Does this output suggest that the end of /dev/sda6 is beyond the end of the disk? (19458 c.f. 19457 cyclinders)
Testdisk reports the disk size as 19457 255 63, and the end of the extended partition as 19457 254 63, which I thought looked OK.

If this partition is too big, is there a resizing tool I can use so that I don't lose my MediaDirect partition?
Any advice gratefully received as this is getting very frustrating!!! :confused: