Cannot format any partition using the Gparted tool

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Hello,

I get this annoying error message when I try to format any partition using the Gparted tool to fix the problem that cause an MSDOS partition table. How can I remove this error “Invalid partition table – recursive partition on /dev/sdb”.

Guide me to fix this issue. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks.

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Invalid partition table – recursive partition on /dev/sdb.

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Cannot format any partition using the Gparted tool

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Hi

This is caused because of what in other words we name  over lapping partitions! so the MSDOS  has over lapped the new Linux extension.  What you can do is the following.

1: Disk that´s overlapping is /dev/sda

2: make sure you´ve got a backup of the hard drive if there´s anything important in it!

3: If you have less then 4 partitions then you´re good to go!

4: fix the problem when you run the parted software again (e.g., /dev/sda).

like this

 $ sudo parted /dev/sda unit s print
    Error: Can't have overlapping partitions.

5: If all goes well you should be able to restart the Computer and try again! 

Let me know if you need any help!

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