Ok just had a near death experience with my laptop. I am currently running XP with NTFS and loaded Partition Magic 8 so that I can repartition my hardrive to load Linux Red Hat 7.2
Anyway, after the repartioning the drive with PM8 it called for a reboot. When it rebooted it converted the drives. Then it reboots again.
upon the third reboot. XP flashed accross the screen and bam! it rebooted over and over again. I totally freaked! I thought "Damn just lost everything"
I then booted to the PM8 rescue disk and ran diagnostics. I had a CRC Cylical Redundency Check Error. Meaning there is a corrupted file. I thought "Oh great I'm doomed"
The support info at http://www.powerquest.com/support/primus/id131.cfm
tells you to run chkdsk /r.
So how do you do it?
Boot the Win XP install disk and skip the recover from disk option. (It will ask for a floppies that I guess you were suppose to make at some time.) I let the install begin and there is yet another recovery option (Do not re-install the XP. It will appear as if it is reinstalling the OS but you'lll get another screen) Anyways run the recovery console. You will get a DOS prompt and type chkdsk /r. It will then run some diagnostics and fix the corrupt file.
(note: I tried to do a DIR in the DOS prompt and it gave me an error. Don't freak....Just type CHKDSK /R.) It will take a while but it works. Afterwards reboot and your XP OS should start.
Now that I'm at square 1 again does anyone know how to get Linux installed? The partitions are still there. I want to load linux but do not want to recover from another diasater.
Also how do you set Partion Magic or the OS to give you an OS Chooser screen?