'fdisk' is giving me the warning of "Odd number of sectors" in some of
my partitions. I have just re-installed Linux (slackware) after my
partitions became corrupt in my previous installation. I had the same
warnings then and am now wondering if this is what caused the corruption
in the first place.
The partitions look as follows:
Disk /dev/hdb: 8 heads, 39 sectors, 762 cylinders
Units = sectors of 1 * 512 bytes
Device Boot Begin Start End Blocks Id System
/dev/hdb1 * 39 39 30887 15424+ 83 Linux native
/dev/hdb2 30888 30888 53663 11388 82 Linux swap
/dev/hdb3 53664 53664 237743 92040 5 Extended
/dev/hdb5 53665 53665 197183 71759+ 83 Linux native
/dev/hdb6 197185 197185 237743 20279+ 83 Linux native
The '+' signs indicate the partitions with the odd number of
sectors. I have noticed that hdb5 and hdb6 do not start at the begining
of a cylinder. I cannot tell fdisk to start one sector back (53664 & 197184)
for some reason. If I move them up one sector (53666 & 197186), the '+'
Is the warning a problem? Should I move the sector Start address
up? Is there another way of setting them (perhaps with 'x' from within
fdisk (experts only))?
Disk "b" is a 120M IDE and I have allocated the entire disk to
Linux. I start Linux from under OS/2's Boot Manager which is why the
first partition is off.
I'd like some advice before I continue installing packages and
configuring the system.