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Hard Drive problem

by annemariegrrr / April 8, 2006 3:57 AM PDT

I tried to install linux ubuntu on my hard drive that already had windows and i guess something went wrong and now it can't boot from it. If i want to get my data by connecting the hard drive to another computer running windows will it be able to read the drive or will I just format it? It's partions are all messed up there's like 5 partions on my 163GB hd.


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Several steps
by Ixthusdan / April 8, 2006 5:32 AM PDT
In reply to: Hard Drive problem

First, attempt to restore the mbr or windows boot record with Ubuntu. It's beena while, but I think Ubuntu has a rescue option like most distros. Use that to restore the windows boot record and then get back your windows.

If that does not work, then try to recover your data with a "live" cd, perhaps Knoppix or Mepis. Copy the data out and transfer it to your working directory.

Finally, you can try a windows machine, but windows might claim that the disck needs formatting, which it does anytime it detects a non-microsoft os. You should not reformat the drive, because I suspect only the boot sector is your issue at the moment.

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by annemariegrrr / April 8, 2006 10:21 AM PDT
In reply to: Several steps

I was playing with DOS on my computer and in the Dir of my HD all of windows files were there plus some of linuxs files which i guess are messing up the boot. Is there a way to delete those files thru DOS. If i hook it up to a PC (windows) will it be able to read the HD cause all of the windows files are there.


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by lilsim89 / April 8, 2006 4:29 PM PDT
In reply to: Hard Drive problem

To exclusively access your Windows partition, assumming it's not garbage now, you should boot any Windows XP CD into Rescue Mode(Hit "R" instead of ENTER when asked) and after entering the Administrator's password type int "fixboot" and hit ENTER. Then type "fixmbr" and hit ENTER. This will reset your computer to boot Windows' own bootloader instead of GRUB or LILO(Linux's usual bootloader). Now, restart the computer(HINT: type "reboot" then ENTER). Windows should boot up fine.
As for booting Ubuntu; Maybe you should consider re-installing it again(HINT: Check your install media before re-installing).

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by annemariegrrr / April 8, 2006 11:44 PM PDT
In reply to: FixMBR

LILO or GRUB were never instaled. There are like 2 linux files named bootex.log and another one that keep messing up the boot. My BIOS tells me that it FAILED TO BOOT. When i tried to instal linux I messed up and told it to instal on my hard drive and then like 2 seconds later it said FAILED TO INSTAL. Then it did'nt work from there.


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