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Well, while fdisk tells me the drive is good, chkdsk (from windows disk) tells me it has one or more unrepairable errors. Booting from the windows disk shows no files on the drive, and lists the wrong size for the drive. From linux the drive looks okay from fdisk, but "ls" shows nothing, and viewing through konqueror shows lots of junk files.
I have done fixboot and fixmbr, and I believe, after reading online, that I've done them correctly. However, I'm also certain fixmbr messed up the partition table.
I'm familiar with qtparted, but unfamiliar with how to use it to repair the partition table. Should I just repartition the drive?
Thank you both for your responses. I really appreciate any help I can get here!
That does sound hosed... I doubt FIXMBR is the culprit though, as it doesn't even touch the partition table (it writes known bytes to the start of the MBR, leaving the partition table as-is). Has anything else changed on the system recently? Is it possible the BIOS access method for the drive wasn't LBA previously? Are there any errors relating to hdb or the IDE controller in your Linux system logs?
I don't know how to look and see if there are errors for the drive with linux. However, this happened with my only having logged onto linux maybe twice, which is one a different hd, and I never mounted the one that's corrupted. So i doubt there's much in the way of logs.
The ONLY thing that happened to that drive between when it worked and when it didn't:
1) I accidently installed GRUB on it
2) I tried to use the windows disk to undo that through the use of fixmbr
Now its fuggered.
Am I really out of luck? This seems so much like something that should be fixable.