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Old 10-16-2007, 01:57 PM   #16
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Ok as long as it's sorted I guess...from memory, with XP you would start the install as normal then the repair option would be an option later....same for Vista? Guess it doesn't matter
 
Old 10-16-2007, 03:46 PM   #17
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oh dear, when i type 'mount -a' it says /windows/c/ does not exist . Looks like my partition is corrupted and I'll have to format.


Thanks for your help guys, especially oskar
NO! It means the mountpoint doesn't exist! The mountpoint is nothing but a folder, you need to create it.
Code:
$ sudo mkdir /windows/c
The partition is at /dev/sda1 (most likely) You have to mount it in order to access it. The long line in fstab is the UUID. You can see which drive has which ID with
Code:
ls -l /dev/disk/by-uuid

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Old 10-16-2007, 03:55 PM   #18
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You have two options. One is you familiarize yourself with harddrives, partitions and bootloaders enough so you are understanding how a dual-boot system works, because it looks like in order to fix this you will have to 'repair' windows with the win install disk, but then you likely have to reinstall grub with a live cd.

Or you get a winchester case for the system drives, this way you don't have to bother with this kind of stuff at all.
 
Old 10-16-2007, 04:42 PM   #19
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He reinstalled Vista.....
 
Old 10-16-2007, 05:28 PM   #20
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Can't really blame him. Microsoft obviously did this on purpose. They really did everything they could to make installing a second OS as hard as possible.
 
Old 10-16-2007, 08:15 PM   #21
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Tried, that, the windows install did not appear in the repair list.

So I've formatted and re-installed vista, thanks for your help though.

For the future, it's a good idea to keep a copy of the mbr. You can download a free utility mbrwork (google will find it). You can save this on bootable media.
This will let you backup/restore the embr (very first physical track) plus some other options.
Dave Cohen
 
Old 10-17-2007, 01:41 AM   #22
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Ya know, now I don't mean to be a jerk, or be a nay-sayer, but why would you want to run Vista? I mean really, I want to know?
 
Old 10-18-2007, 07:36 PM   #23
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Well I bought Vista thinking it was the natural upgrade from XP, but obviously thats not hapenned with Vista. But i'm sticking with it for now, I kind of like the user interface over the older windows XP.

I know a lot more about mounting points in linux now, i've since added a second FAT32 partition to share files between OS's. Thanks for all your help though guys

Phil
 
  


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