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Old 11-28-2014, 12:53 PM   #1
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My Windows Files are still there, but I can't boot into windows


Hello all,

I tried to install Slackware 14 on my computer the other day. I set up a partition of 50 gigs for the root, 100 megs for ef00 and it was looking great. The installation went fine, except it kept asking me for more disks when I only had one; but I just stopped the installer. It told me to reboot with Ctrl-alt-delete, so I did. That's where my problems started.

I took out the Slackware CD and then rebooted. The screen that came up told me to

Reboot and select proper boot device or insert boot media into selected drive, then press a key.

That's weird; I just installed Slackware. I reboot and select my hard drive for boot override and it comes up with the same message.

Ok, now I'm getting scared; where's my windows? I boot back into the Slackware cd installer and go into cfdisk; I see exactly one partition.

Now I'm really freaked out; where did my windows partition go? What about my slack partitions?

I decide to go into a Debian installer, because I had one on hand. I get to the partitioning step, and in the partitioning table it shows me my original windows partitions are still intact. This is a slight load off my mind; but still, I can't access the files.

TL:DR; I tried to install Slckware, which looked like it screwed up my windows partitions, but it seems as though it only deleted windows, not the actual files on the partitions. What can I do to save these files in the original partition?

Oh, and Slackware never fully installed. I still can't get it to boot into anything but the installer.

Thanks for your help,

-Nick
 
Old 11-28-2014, 01:06 PM   #2
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What's make & model of machine?
Is it EFI boot with gpt partitioning?
What version of windows?
Most likely you'll need to boot to the windows media to repair.
 
Old 11-28-2014, 01:13 PM   #3
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In order to help, you will need to provide more info, especially about the partitioning. It is very unclear whether you overwrote the existing partition(s) or created new ones in free space. MBR, GPT, EFI boot...?

Perhaps if you could boot into the install disk or another recovery disk (GParted live disk is good), show us the existing partitions and provide a better explanation of what you actually changed and where you installed Slackware to would be most helpful.

Also, just in case you did bork the windows partition - DO NOT TRY TO MOUNT OR BOOT TO IT or SLACKWARE - that may overwrite your pre-existing data and make them unrecoverable... just one of the possibilities!

So take a deep breath, provide some specifics here and sort it out carefully.

Last edited by astrogeek; 11-28-2014 at 01:15 PM. Reason: tpos, typs, typos - and clarity
 
Old 11-28-2014, 01:28 PM   #4
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Thanks for your help, guys! Before going into Slackware to install, I had shrunk my existing windows partition inside of windows by 100 GB. I then split that into two 50 GB partitions, and went into Slackware. I followed the directions in the setup telling me to mark one of the partitions as Linux so It would recognize it, and I also created from free space (50 GB left) an ef00 partition of somewhere around 100 megs.

I'm 95% sure I did not overwrite any existing partitions during the creation of the ones I just specified. But, as I'm a newbie, I could have screwed it up. I'll see if I can get a GParted install disk to help you help me.
 
Old 11-28-2014, 01:41 PM   #5
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Then it sounds as if you are OK and just need to get the boot loader set up correctly.

It also appears to be an EFI boot (ef00 partition?). As I am completely unfamiliar with that I'll have to defer to others on that topic.
 
Old 11-28-2014, 01:52 PM   #6
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The efi partition should be before the / partition. Did you disable secure boot or use legacy bios, if so you need to reactivate them.
Even if slack doesn't boot you'll at least know if windows boots.
 
Old 11-28-2014, 02:07 PM   #7
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Yes, i was trying to say EFI partition.

How would I disable secure boot or use legacy bios? I have a GIGABYTE 990FXA-UD3, that by default has UEFI bios.
 
Old 11-28-2014, 04:03 PM   #8
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Quote:
I tried to install Slackware 14 on my computer the other day. I set up a partition of 50 gigs for the root, 100 megs for ef00 and it was looking great. The installation went fine, except it kept asking me for more disks when I only had one; but I just stopped the installer. It told me to reboot with Ctrl-alt-delete, so I did. That's where my problems started.
You should've gotten the dvd.iso because just to get slack running with cd.iso you would need at least discs 1-3.
 
Old 11-28-2014, 04:11 PM   #9
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Should I try to get the dvd.iso and redo the installation?

Edit: no, that's a bad idea; Slackware only sees one partition on the hard drive when there are 4 or so, I don't want to redo the installation and have it write over all the partitions/files.

Also, if this is helpful, whenever I run cfdisk in slack, I get the error

Warning!! Unsupported GPT (GUID Partition Table) detected. Use GNU Parted.

Last edited by Lacr1m0sa; 11-28-2014 at 04:13 PM.
 
Old 11-28-2014, 04:51 PM   #10
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Should I try to get the dvd.iso and redo the installation?

Edit: no, that's a bad idea; Slackware only sees one partition on the hard drive when there are 4 or so, I don't want to redo the installation and have it write over all the partitions/files.

Also, if this is helpful, whenever I run cfdisk in slack, I get the error

Warning!! Unsupported GPT (GUID Partition Table) detected. Use GNU Parted.
You have to run gdisk
 
Old 11-28-2014, 05:02 PM   #11
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Ah, got it!

I printed the partition table and it looks like this:

http://imgur.com/AvQfbrK

All of the partitions are there.
 
Old 11-28-2014, 05:16 PM   #12
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See if you can mark the microsoft partition 1 as bootable
 
Old 11-28-2014, 05:30 PM   #13
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You don't indicate which version of windows you are using nor whether it was pre-installed or you installed it. If it is windows 8 and pre-installed it is probably GPT/UEFI. If you installed it then you should know, it could be MBR or UEFI. You can use GPT partitioning without using UEFI. You have a 100MB partition at the beginning of the drive which could be either a boot partition or an EFI partition. You also created an EFI partition at the extreme end of a 1TB drive which is definitely not where it should be. You could try downloading and running either the bootinfoscript or the boot repair script and posting the output which would give some useful details. Just google either to get the site.
 
Old 11-28-2014, 05:39 PM   #14
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I'm using windows 7, I built the computer so I installed it myself. I'll try making the first partition bootable. How would I run the scripts when I don't have access to the files?
 
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I'm using windows 7, I built the computer so I installed it myself. I'll try making the first partition bootable. How would I run the scripts when I don't have access to the files?
Use gparted-live-cd/usb & only mark as bootable.
http://gparted.org/livecd.php
 
  


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