Originally Posted by Sydney
First you should use an installer to install a distro of Linux instead of trying to use dd, several live cds will fit on a USB thumbdrive that you can install from. Next and last I think I understand that you are trying to use dd on the active partition, you should not use dd on a mounted partition, I think it is just sending error messages to your other device. You could cat your other device to see if it is giving you helpful hints.
Technically the "extra partition" in my external hard drive has an installer for the distro I want, I used Lili for it. The problem is though, is since I can't boot my normal hard drive properlly, I can't install anything yet- I have to use my external hard drive as my OS source to be able to use this computer at all. As for using "cat" though, do you mean to diagnose why dd didn't work, or what?
I just read what cat was used for, and did you mean to say that you'd like for me to post the errors I recieved? I technically didn't recieve any for when I tried to copy the partition to another one, it merely acted like it worked, but only copied 4.61 (I think, I'd have to retry to see the exact amount) megabytes worth. If it helps others to know- it might be because when I also tried to manually copy the files, it gave a reading prermission error, so that might be why I can't simply dd the partition.
I am rather saddened at how many people have viewed this thread, yet no one else gave a single comment or bit of advice. I've figured the best route is to simply restore the MBR via the tutorial at http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials...ot-record.html
and just install linux while in windows. I thank Sydney for their attempt to help me, but for now I'll flag thread as solved.