Yesterday I received a copy of Suse Personal 9.1, which being a newbie, I was very excited about installing. My intention was to install Suse along side my Windows XP SP2 so that I could retain all my XP files and info and use the Suse OS to teach myself about Linux.
I'm going to try to be as specific as I can about what I have and what I did.
Here is what I have:
Dell 4600 Pentium 4 w/ 512MB RAM and 30GB Single Partitioned hard drive (NTFS) - the PC came pre-installed w/ Service Pack 1 and has since been upgraded to Service Pack 2 without any problems. I was currently using 5.46GB of the 30GB. Note: I store my music, pics, etc. on an external hard drive.
The Suse manual said that it could easily be installed along side windows xp and that the YAST partitioning setup would automatically choose a good partition configuration for me.
Here's the steps I took to install Suse:
1) Defragged my Windows XP - I do this frequently, as I like to keep my system running in tip top shape.
2) Rebooted and set my BIOS to boot from CD so that I could install Suse
3) Began installation of Suse
4) The partition config it suggested was this: 1) Resize partition/dev/hda2 o 13.1GB, 2) Create extended partition 15.4GB (dev/hda3), 3) Create swap partition 1006.0MB on /dev/hda5, 4) Create root partition 14.4 GB (/dev/hda 6 w/ reiser). - I posted this configuration on a Linux forum just to be sure and was told that it looked fine for my purposes, so I went ahead with the installation.
5) Once the installation was done I rebooted and Suse worked great, no problems at all
6) Then I re-booted to test my Windows XP SP2 and when I choose to boot to it I got the error: A problem has been detected and windows has been shut down to prevent damage to your computer, unmounted_boot_volume...if this is the first time etc etc...technical information *** STOP: 0x000000ED (Ox82F4FC08, 0xC000014F, 0x00000000, 0x00000000
7) I was shocked to see this since I followed all the directions exactly as the manual said, at first I thought that XP had been totally over-written, but then I booted into Linux and went to "My Computer" and check the Windows Drive (C
and everything was still there - I can see all the files and folders and when I checked the properties it says that there's approximately 6GB of info on that drive, with about 7GB free space - this seems to be right considering the resize was to be 13.1GB.
I have no idea what caused this and I am basically having a nervous breakdown because I'm scared all my info will be lost. What's even worst is that I can see all my Windows files and folders, but I just can't access my XP operating system to get to them.
If anyone can help me at all I would be greatly appreciative. I just need to know how to fix (if that's what is required) Windows XP so that I can access that OS again.
Thanks in advance for any help you can provide!!!