Fully understood. Perhaps better come back to this one later, dd is powerful
/dev/sdb1 * 63 2216969 1108453+ 6 FAT16
/dev/sdb2 2216970 31310684 14546857+ 83 Linux
The + at the end of the lines, can't find meaning but I thought it has something to do with not quite on the cylinders
however above two lines suffer slightly if each track has 63 sectors.
If I insist on proper "63" alignment beginning and end what figures would you allocate. The start of both partitions are multiple of "63" but the endpoint is not and therfore the number of blocks are not multiples of "63" either in this case.
The reason I mention this is that the 3 USB drives Just18 has working I think it was two of them were resurrected. After resurrection these two have almost perfect track alignment.
On Maurice's existing unit it would be possible just to shorten the partitions a bit and try? What is your opiniondjohnston
Thanks, I am not sure of the two items you picked up but I would prefer to leave them at present. What I am aiming at is something that looks different, I will have to be more specific but it got lost in my notes. The thing is that upgrading the BIOS did sort a USB problem out in one case on this particular motherboard. I have been half assuming that this DG33BF way younger and would have latest BIOS. Also it is a bit of an operation to change that, all tools are available from Intel. I was leaving this one until other options tried.
I have analysed Just18 data and I thought I found a pattern there and that he had the solution. So I have tried to follow his path to the bitter end. I have carried out experiments on one of my problem drives ( I have two but it is another problem) last night using diskdrake, gparted , partionmanager and fdisk. I am still not sure what to think of what I have seen. Maurice
I am crossing both legs and fingers and knocking under the table (it is wood)