Invalid Partition Table
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SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 10 Service Pack 4
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11 Service Pack 1
Error message "Lost or invalid partition table"
There are two way to get a backup of your partition table.
1. Run supportconfig and save the tar ball off your server. The fs-diskio.txt file contains a backup of the partition table.
2. Run the command
sfdisk -d /dev/sda > table.bkp
Restoring the Partition Table
If you have a backup of partition table do these steps:
1 - In your supportconfig file open the file called fs-diskio.txt and look for the tag "/sbin/sfdisk -d"
2 - Create a new file called table.bkp and copy the content of the tag above in this file like that:
# partition table of /dev/sda
/dev/sda1 : start= 63, size= 144522, Id=83, bootable
/dev/sda2 : start= 144585, size= 62765955, Id=8e
/dev/sda3 : start= 0, size= 0, Id= 0
/dev/sda4 : start= 0, size= 0, Id= 0
3 - Save this file to a USB drive.
4 - After that, using SLES DVD Media, you need to reboot your server and go to Rescue Mode. Plug your USB drive and find for the file created in step 2. Use this command to restore your partition table:
sfdisk /dev/sda < table.bkp
5 - Reboot the server.
If you don't have a backup, you can get a dump of your partition table in another system but it has to be identical ( same disk size and same partitions size) and restore that using the steps above. Using sfdisk with the -d option we can get a dump of the current partition table in a regular file like that: sfdisk -d /dev/sda > table.bkp.
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- Document ID:7009149
- Creation Date: 09-Aug-2011
- Modified Date:03-Mar-2020
- SUSE Linux Enterprise Server
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