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Old 07-23-2012, 03:26 AM   #1
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Accidental Linux Partition Deletion


I am/was dual booting Debian and Win7 but Windows7 SP1 wasn't installing because it couldn't automount Windows (Grub2 installed) so without thinking I opened disk manager and set the Windows partition to active, which deleted the Linux partition and Grub with it.

Now I cannot boot into either, and am dropped into a grub rescue shell.

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Old 07-23-2012, 04:19 AM   #2
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Why would that delete a partition ?.

If it's merely deleted the partition, testdisk will find it.
If Windoze insisted on reformatting it, you're up for a re-install (Debian)
 
Old 07-23-2012, 04:26 AM   #3
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Originally Posted by FLCL View Post
I am/was dual booting Debian and Win7 but Windows7 SP1 wasn't installing because it couldn't automount Windows (Grub2 installed) so without thinking I opened disk manager and set the Windows partition to active, which deleted the Linux partition and Grub with it.

Now I cannot boot into either, and am dropped into a grub rescue shell.
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Last edited by StansSongs; 07-23-2012 at 04:31 AM.
 
Old 07-23-2012, 11:41 AM   #4
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I am/was dual booting Debian and Win7 but Windows7 SP1 wasn't installing because it couldn't automount Windows (Grub2 installed) so without thinking I opened disk manager and set the Windows partition to active, which deleted the Linux partition and Grub with it.

Now I cannot boot into either, and am dropped into a grub rescue shell.
seems like a haruko mistake. i would boot a live-usb with gparted and confirm the partitions are there and mountable.
 
  


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