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Date:      Tue, 5 Dec 1995 16:24:50 -0800 (PST)
From:      Julian Elischer <>
To: (Ben Jackson)
Subject:   Re: fdisk info on drive destroyed, recoverable?
Message-ID:  <>
In-Reply-To: <> from "Ben Jackson" at Dec 5, 95 03:02:34 pm

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> A friend of mine has a disk which was "half" DOS and "half" FreeBSD and
> after a machine crash, the fdisk partition information was zero'd.  Any
> ideas on how to recover the information?  Does anyone have a program
> that would scan the disk for the disklabel magic number to find the
> start of the BSD partition?  Or a way to extract the information from the
> beginning of the DOS partition, which was at the begining?
> Any suggestions appreciated.  Thanks,
> --Ben
are you totaly sure it was totally zero'd?
The best thing to do is take the disk
and place it as a secnd drive on your
machine.. failing that, th 2.1 boot disk + fixit disk can help but
could be laborious..

a C program to scan for the magic number in the 2nd block of the 
unix section should not be to hard..

then zap it with disklabel -iu


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