restoring DOS partition from a tar file (SOLUTION)
kent.hauser at verizon.net
Thu Oct 23 19:26:26 PDT 2003
On Tuesday 21 October 2003 04:17 pm, you wrote:
> On Mon, 20 Oct 2003, Kent Hauser wrote:
> > Is it possible to backup a DOS partition (bootable) & restore it from a
> > tar file? I recently had a disk failure & used dump/restore on FreeBSD
> > partitions & made a tar dump of the DOS one. After "newfs_msdos" & "tar
> > x", the partition is not bootable. Is there a way to do this?
> This is actually a really interesting issue. The short answer to this
> question is, "no." The long answer is, "I don't really know. Maybe."
I now know how to make this work. And it was a long strange journey.
First, when I did "fdisk" & "newfs_msdos" from FreeBSD, neither my W98 SE
distribution CD, nor my "Gateway Restore" CD would recognize the drive!
(Hardware error, no drive C found.) Then when I delete all partitions, the
W98 distribution disk would format the drive & install the OS, but FreeBSD
would freeze during the un-tar. (Same result, 2 tries.)
I was completely successful when I used the boot CD that came with the Seagate
drive (downloadable from
http://www.seagate.com/support/disc/drivers/discwiz.html). The "fdisk" and
"format" on that CD allowed me to partition and format for W98. I created a
bootable floppy which allowed my to "sys" the new C drive. The W98 was
bootable. And the "tar" restore from FreeBSD worked fine.
My conclusion: The FreeBSD fdisk + newfs_msdos seem to be buggy with regard to
creating a primary DOS partition. The seagate tool + bootable W98 floppy
allowed me to create bootable W98 partition. The tarfile restored the data.
Your mileage may vary as I'm not a very good judge of when W98 is working
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