First things first.... I love this webpage! You guys have helped me out with a lot of my linux questions!!! u rock!
Now, on to my problem. I used Mandrake 7.1 two years ago, but got rid of it because my 1 GB harddrive was getting full. Now, I decited to download the 9.0 isos and try linux again. Well, it worked great until I install Mandrake 9.
I have two Hard Drives, both 80GB. A Maxtor for our main C drive, and a Western Digital for backup purposes. Both are NTFS Formatted with Windows XP Pro installed on the Maxtor main. I installed linux on my Western Digital Backup drive (resized -- left 3GB for linux). It installed LILO automatically....which I didn't want. So I went into the mandrake control center and tried to remove it. Well, I just made it worse because not only was LILO on the MBR, but also GRUB was on my Main Hard Drive's Boot Section. So I tried the FDisk thing and erased the MBR, but now I couldn't but into XP because GRUB was saying "Load Second Stage..." and kept looping itself. I tried pulling out the main hard drive off my computer and putting in my other Compaq (450MHZ, 256MB Ram, etc.) and booted XP on my Compaq. When I went to access the main drive, it asked me to format it!!! When I went into XP's Disk Management Thing, it said that it had a 76GB Partition, but the file system wasn't listed. I tried to load PartitionMagic, but it gave me an error message while the splash screen was loading (Cannot find Partition Letter). So, now I have access to mandrake, but not XP.. and I know my data is still there, I just need it!!! HELP!!!
And by the way.... I also tried to figure out how to access NTFS Partitions for linux and cannot figure it out. I tried logging on as root and adding user to the settings, etc. but I still can't access it.
HELP ME PEOPLE! Thanks..