Recreating the Utility Partition on a PE 2650
jason at rtfmconsult.com
Mon May 3 17:14:07 CDT 2004
On Mon, 3 May 2004, Frank Louwers wrote:
> The Utility Partion got deleted on one of our Dell systems. I tried to
> recreate it by booting the Dell CD-ROM and selection "Create Utility
> Partition", but when I try to boot it, it just shows a "Starting MS-DOS"
> line, and then stops. When I mount that partition from a Linux system,
> the files seem to be there, so I guess it's the dos bootloader that's
> fubared. As the disk volume|container is on a Perc3 contoller, I can't
> grab a dos-floppy and issue a sys c: command.
hmm, puzzling. can you set the 'active' partition to the utility partition
via fdisk ? why does the above dos floopy/sys option not work ? AFAIK
dos just sees luns on the perc3 as standard disks.
> Any clue how to recreate this partition (or where to download dos
> drivers for the perc or how to run certain tests without the utility
AFAIK the utility partition is there just to save some diagnostic time.
you should be able to run all the diag utilities directly by booting
off the cdrom.
i gave up putting the utility partition on a long time ago as we've almost
never needed to use anything in it.
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