> Ugh. That's it, alright. The partition table code under Linux
> no longer permits filesystems to be created on partitions of type
> "Extended". One must instead create parititions (logical drives)
> Then just try changing the partition type from "5" to "83",
> which should do the trick. If that does not work, you'll need
> to re-run mke2fs and then restore everything from the backup.
Most linux "fdisk" will not let you change the type from "Extended" to
any other type. However, if you delete the table entry and then
re-create it with the same start/stop points (but as a primary partition
this time!!!), that should give you the effect that you want. You are not
deleting the data in the partition, but just the table entry -- it is
important to keep the distinction clear. :-)
But as Mark says, backup first before screwing around with it.