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Old 07-08-2006, 07:20 AM   #1
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Broken Windows Boot

Hi Everyone,

Well, I knew if I tried hard enough I could finally break something. It happens to be my Windows installation. I had about 130GB of space left on the the Windows partition, so I thought I would resize it (using GPARTD) and install an additional Linux distro. However, silly as I am, I realized after I had done this that I already had four primary partitions on this drive and could not add anymore. So, rather than have 20GB of unusable space, I simply resized it back to its original size. Now, of course, I cannot boot Windows because I have somehow screwed up the partition. However, the installation is intact as I can access and examine all of the Windows files from Linux. It just will not boot; it attempts to boot normally and then an instaneous "blue screen" appears (literly for one second) and the system reboots.

This is not a life or death situation as I rarely boot into Windows, and only when I need to do some serious video editing with Adobe Premier Pro (unfortunately, this is the one area that Linux is sorely lacking.) If I can't fix it, so be it. I will not do anything to damage the Linux installations I have installed (I have five on this one machine).

My question is this: is repair to repair the Windows boot possible without risking any damage to my Linux partitions, particularly since I use Grub on the MBR to boot all five distros? I have read several instructions on using the FIXBOOT command from the Windows recovery console, but, from what I read, there is a risk that it will remove the Grub installation.

So, if anyone has any thoughts or knowledge of how to deal with this, I certainly would appreciate it.

Old 07-08-2006, 07:33 AM   #2
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UPDATE: Thanks to all who read this, but I appear to have fixed it. I simply used the Windows installation cd, recover console, ran chkdsk on the Windows partition and it repaired it. Sorry for the long post for what turned out to be an easy fix.



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