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input/output error during read on /dev/hda

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Howdy, and happy new year! :)


I'm trying to install Fedora Core 3 and when i choose Autmatically partition in Disk Partitioning Setup i get "The partition table on device hda was undreadable. To create new partitions it must be initialized, causing the loss of ALL DATA on this drive. This operation will override any previous installtion choises about which drives to ignore. Would you like to initialize this drive, erasing ALL DATA?".

And when I click yes, I get this: "input/output error during read on /dev/hda".


The computer is like a 5-6 years old Intel P2 350 Mhz, 128 MB RAM, 6 GB HDD.


Anyone know what the problem might be?

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fdisk doesn't actually format anything, it just writes the partition table. That aside you should have access to a minimal shell from the boot cd - perhaps in rescue mode? - and can fdisk from there. If not, you can always download a boot floppy from Slack or some other distro, boot with that, write your partition table, then reboot with the FC install disc.

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This sounds like bad news. When was the last time you actually used this drive? It sounds like the drive itself might be toast. Can you post the output of dmesg? dd?



Actually, "dmesg | grep hda" would be better. Don't need all the other junk.


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ok.. this sound like another windows crap..


basically if you have a fat16 , fat32, ntfs, basically anything fs from microsoft...

chances are that you may simply need to clean up teh disk, using scandisk or chkdsk... i have this issue alot..with dirty windows partitions...


might not work for you.. but worked for me so i suggest it..

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