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Posted on 01-02-2001 01:28 a.m. ET  reply

Original Poster: Mark Krentel

> I created two partitions, one labeled /dos and for <32bit and one
> labeled /dosless for >32bit. These partitions failed when ever I boot
> up. Do I need to format them with windows in order to use them?

I'm not sure what you're trying to do. You want dos/windows
partitions that Linux can mount? Linux can certainly do that.

If that's what you're trying to do, then yes, you will need to format
the partitions. When Linux boots, it reads /etc/fstab and tries to
mount everything there (unless options include "noauto"). If the
partition is unformatted, then the mount will fail, and this looks
like the error you're getting. And format the dos partitions from dos
or windows, don't try it from Linux.

As a workaround until you format the partitions (or reinstall windows),
you can comment-out those entries in /etc/fstab.

--Mark

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