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And this is what i'm going to do, i know it is illegal, but my friend is currently downloadin PM pro from kazaa (7.0) just so i can make those rescue disks, he has no idea what partitioning is etc. etc. (even linux) so he will have no use of the program and i will tell him to uninstall it straight away...
Again, i know it is illegal but i have to do this...
p.s thanks adam for the program, is it GUI ? i don't mind if you run it from command, but GUI i feel more comfortable
if you have the xp cd change the boot order in your bios so you can boot from it and then go to the repair mode where you can fixmbr or fixboot(not sure of this as reallyrelevant here but i think you wiped the mbr when you formatted your upfront linux partition-hence no ntbtldr-this is all stuff i have read and i'm just putting it out to get some ideas going-not claiming any special wisdom.winxp comes installed on a single partition formatted to its newer version of ntfs(the wizard will upgrade win2000's nt version and make it so 2000 can't read it's own partition. going back, what was the original fs and can you change( say nt to fat ) in a simple mouseclick operation particularly when data is already present under a certain fs?-this makes me wonder if the gibberish thing is tied in here(or as has been suggested, pm has things tied up in its own fs).
well, i know this isn't much, maybe nothing good, but let's hope the pm disks do the job, if not, hang in there-this looks like it can work out as the files are there to at least be backed up and the existence of dates(even if they are from the twilight zone) suggests they may at least be identifiable-the dos you get when booting from lilo i think is from the sys :C\ thing you did- and it's obvious that people have windows on partitions other than the fisrt, but one of the sites i queried said that it was next to impossible to get nt to boot from anywhere else-if you want linux then install a small /boot under the 1024cyl(?) limit and put lilo in it-make sure the partition you are trying to boot is active-that was an easy overlook
for me whenever i used commercial partitioning software.
i've got to crash, it's 6am and i've got to be back at it by 10am-again take your time, sorry if i couldn't add anything here, but i do wish you luck
Thanks tin cat, my friend has my XP c.d...i will get it off him, but i will try those PM disks after my friend downloads PM and makes them...and yeh i think PM made its own FS..like a recovery fs, only readable by PM....hmm just a theory...anyways thanks,....
Just read through it all, the filenames/non booting looks like what happened when i tried to use partition tragic to resize my Win98 to install Red Hat (funnily enough when I was living in Cronulla, Sydney).
Anyway, windows didn't reappear, scandisk came up and found all the directories were stuffed, with bizarre filenames. I have since concluded that it was because I resized without defragmenting the filesystem first, which totally confuses windoze. Basically the whole directory structure is gone. My install ran scandisk, had to manually try to repair directory structure, sadly it took 2 hours to do one directory, 1000's to go, so I reinstalled. Still got the PM CD, lost the licence no, but I keep it to remind me not to do stupid things again!
The data may be recoverable on a file by file basis, but the filenames are like the ones you get when you use a knackered floppy drive, and everything gets corrupted. I had a floppy that did that, trying to read the files on other machine showed a 20k text file to be a 6Gb directory.
I think your best bet is to admit it's gone, and reinstall. Hope you haven't wiped any of your Parents stuff, from the fact you are still here, I assume they haven't killed you yet. Few possibilities here...
1 It's your PC, they will kill you for "breaking" it
2 They are totally unaware technologically, so you may get away with it anyway.
3 They just haven't tried to use the machine recently.
Back it all up onto a CD or your linux partition, reinstall so that the machine works as expected if the folks try to use it, then devote your entire life to recovering the data before they figure it out. If they start to wonder why it's all gone, say "hey doesn't that new bugbear virus do that...."
Obviously don't shout that too loud, or too quickly though!
I would advise getting another HDD in the machine to put Linux on, that way there's less chance of getting into this sort of mess again.
Distribution: Slackware, (Non-Linux: Solaris 7,8,9; OSX; BeOS)
I wouldn't advocate being dishonest. You screwed up, though you didn't
mean to, and it isn't entirely your fault. I think you are getting your deserved punishment right now, but I don't think you should lie to your
parents. Of course, if you can get the data back before they find out,
there's no reason to go asking for trouble. . .
Anyway, Once you get those PM Pro disks working, things should be
looking up. . .
Ok the PM disks haven't done anything, if i try check for errors it just says too many errors occur...so i did this...i did a scan disk from the 98 boot floppy....and its fixed SOME directories because i put something heavy on the 'F' key so i wouldn't have to keep pressing it, now some of the directories are looking better...some are just named Dir0001, Dir0002. Dir0003 etc...but some are actualy Dirs like Windows, Documents And Settings etc...
This i think is making progress. note:[B]THINK[/B[ after this i might have to do that thing which i think you said moses, to download that fix boot thing for XP, then hopefully, JUST HOPEFULLY, i can back up, re-format...and now i understand more about partioning!!!
We all have to learn from our mistakes, right!?
P.S i know the fix directory thing will take ages, but its worth it....