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Old 01-22-2006, 04:20 AM   #1
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resized windows partition no longer accessible


I wanted to shrink my main windows xp partition so I could make a linux partition, but the resized partition doesn't work now and windows won't boot. It will still boot from the mepis or any other live cd though. I'm using an older 2004 version of mepis, and ran QTparted from the installation center. I recently did a system restore on this hard drive, so everything that is on it now is backed up, but I would still like to keep what is on there if possible. Is it possible to salvage this? Right now QTparted doesn't even recognize it as a windows partition, it just says unknown. I think the data might still be there but the partition is just seen as empty, but then I might not know what I'm talking about at all.
 
Old 01-22-2006, 04:36 AM   #2
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I wanted to shrink my main windows xp partition so I could make a linux partition, but the resized partition doesn't work now and windows won't boot. It will still boot from the mepis or any other live cd though. I'm using an older 2004 version of mepis, and ran QTparted from the installation center. I recently did a system restore on this hard drive, so everything that is on it now is backed up, but I would still like to keep what is on there if possible. Is it possible to salvage this? Right now QTparted doesn't even recognize it as a windows partition, it just says unknown. I think the data might still be there but the partition is just seen as empty, but then I might not know what I'm talking about at all.
this may be a job for bart's pe...

http://webserver.computoredge.com/ed...&article=cover

it saved the day for me...

good luck!
 
Old 01-22-2006, 11:41 PM   #3
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Hey thanks for the link, that sounds like a good program to know about. Could that make the bad partition useful again without losing data, or is it more for rescuing files from a bad drive? I think for my situation it might just be easier to start over, since I formatted the drive a little over a week ago. I won't lose anything that isn't backed up, I'll just have to reinstall a lot of stuff. I just wanted to see if there was an easier option before I formatted the drive again.
 
Old 01-24-2006, 01:34 AM   #4
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Hey thanks for the link, that sounds like a good program to know about. Could that make the bad partition useful again without losing data, or is it more for rescuing files from a bad drive? I think for my situation it might just be easier to start over, since I formatted the drive a little over a week ago. I won't lose anything that isn't backed up, I'll just have to reinstall a lot of stuff. I just wanted to see if there was an easier option before I formatted the drive again.
i used it to edit boot.ini after i messed up an edit and i couldn't get windows to load. if you can find out why windows won't load, it may help you get it fired up. that's probably a big if, though.

you can google the concept, though. maybe something will turn up.

i'm a little leary of resizing my laptop until i know i can get a bootable mirror image saved to another drive.

good luck.

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