From: Niall O Broin (niall at domain linux.ie)
Date: Sat 19 May 2001 - 12:05:02 IST
On Sat, May 19, 2001 at 11:40:00AM +0100, Conor Daly wrote:
> On Sat, May 19, 2001 at 11:30:13AM +0100 or so it is rumoured hereabouts,
> John Madden thought:
> > Hey,
> > I've done this already on my box but I've a question. A friend wants
> > to install RH7.0 on his laptop. He only has one harddrive and it's all
> > partitioned for Windows. I tried fips to split the partition but it said
> > there was data in the last sector. I tried defragging the drive and fips
> > again but got the same error.
> > Anyone have any ideas what to try next??
> There's probably one of these drive image programs running. they often
> save data to the end of the drive. You could have a look in 'doze for
> hidden, system files (set "Show all files" in My computer / view / Folder
> Options to see hidden files). Un hide and unsystem these files, keep note
> of the files you changed, do a defrag, do fips, boot windows again and
> hide / system these files again. that should do you. That's all I can
I had exactly the same problem recently with a new Dell notebook with ME.
What Conor says above is correct, usually :-). However I was blue in the
face running defrag, and removing various attributes from files, and running
defrag again, and still fips said there was data in the last sector.
Eventually I installed the latest version of the Norton Utilities, a copy of
which I just happened to have lying around (literally - although I hardly
use Windows at all now, and not at all professionally, in the olden days
Norton saved my bacon many's the time. So when I was in a friends house
recently, and I came across a spare copy of the latest Norton, I snaffled
Anyway, Norton has a defrag program called speeddisk which has a GUI with a
sector map and right at the end of the disk, there appeared to be a little
dot which was slightly different coloured than the others. Sure enough, when
speeddisk was done, the dot was gone, and fips was happy. If you're anywhere
near Lucan, you're welcome to borrow this copy of the Norton utilities if
you can't get sorted otherwise.
Niall O Broin
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