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Old 01-09-2009, 07:27 PM   #1
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Linux Superblocks NTFS Boot.ini - Yeah it is really *uck**

I brought a new hard drive and it arrived 2 days ago. It was a 7200rpm and 160gb HD. I tried to RAID0 it with another 5200rpm, 160gb HD. Something in that process went terribly wrong, because I could not start up windows because of a stupid:
'Disk Boot Error, Please Insert System Disk And Press Enter'
Error. I then de-RAIDED (A new word ) the two hard drives and formatted them. I then kept trying to boot into windows (Which is still on a non-formatted 180gb drive). I've checked all the cabling and wires etc.
I then try the Windows XP Recovery disk, I run chkdisk -r on the drive, it reports everything OK. SO I then try BOOTCFG /rebuild it says it cannot read/write the disk and to run chkdsk. I run chkdsk again, it reports it as OK. SO I am stuck in an infinite loop... :'(
I decide that play time is over, and get my ubuntu 8.10 cd out and install that on the 5200rpm, 160gb HD. I can instantly see the 180gb HD and mount it, with no errors. I can see all my files, open and there all 100% OK. . I can even watch a 3gb HQ movie on it with no trouble.
Now I am thinking... Hmmm, whats the trouble here then. I then see that the drive has no BOOT.INI file at the root. I don't know how to fix that, so I run sudo apt-get install ntfsprogs and run sudo e2fsck /dev/sdb1 (the 180gb HD) it reports it has bad superblocks. Now, I am REALLY confused.

Can you amazingly gifted OCers help me? I can read all the files but I cannot boot OR successfully e2fsck the HD (180gb). All I want to do is boot into windows.
Before people ask, I cant back anything up since I dont have any External HDs atm (Only a 4gb Pen Drive)

I brought the Hard Drive hear, so I hope you people can help me!

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I don't know about these superblocks but when you raided - does that affect the MBR?
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sudo fsck -f /dev/sdb1 now I am not sure what file system this is so just fsck will look for it and if it is windows it will use the one it needs. if you use e2fsck it will only try to check a ext2 files system . and then you get a reply bad super block. now if you look around on your live cd of ubuntu it has a option I think do not hold me to this to boot windows but I think the default is sda1 for it.

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Old 01-10-2009, 05:52 AM   #4
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It is ntfs and this is what I got:

tjcrazy@tjcrazy-desktop:~$ sudo fsck -f /dev/sdb1
[sudo] password for tjcrazy: 
fsck 1.41.3 (12-Oct-2008)
fsck: fsck.ntfs: not found
fsck: Error 2 while executing fsck.ntfs for /dev/sdb1


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