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Old 05-22-2005, 11:13 PM   #1
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Exclamation Problem Booting XP after Ubuntu install because of Compaq QuickRestore partition

In order to install Ubuntu, I bought a 200GB Maxtor HDD so I wouldn't have to screw with resizing the NTFS partition on my other hard drive (Seagate 120GB). I had the Seagate as master and Maxtor as slave on ATA.

I installed Ubuntu, and it seemed to go flawlessly, until I tried to boot windows with GRUB. It tried to load Compaq's QuickRestore partition (FAT32, hda1 in linux) that appears before the NTFS main partition that is used by windows. There is no hda2 or anything made for the NTFS. The NTFS partition was not even recognized by the installer, but I had forgotten about the QuickRestore partition and didn't think anything of it when the partitioner said the Seagate only had one partition (FAT32) and a few megs of free space at the end.

I only partitioned and installed anything on the Maxtor drive, so I never touched the actual partitions of the Seagate (windows) drive, but I did put GRUB on the MBR of it. Now, I can't access windows or anything that I had on it. And no, QuickRestore doesn't load either.

So my question is: does anyone know how to get my windows NTFS partition working again? and if so, how?

Thanks in advance,

Old 05-22-2005, 11:30 PM   #2
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Well Your Question Seems To Be An Issue. Same Happend With Me. And I Had 80GB Seagate And 40GB Seagate(For OS). But Then After Trying Again And Again At Last I Fortmatted All The Mess. There Was A Diference That I Didn't Had Anything Important In The Windows Drive. Why Don't You Trying Putting Up Your Hard Disk On Some Friend's One In Slave And Copy The Important Data From It To Another Location. And Then Simply Delete Partitions that Are giving Problems.

Nothing Else Come To My Mind For The Time Being.
Old 05-22-2005, 11:32 PM   #3
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Depends on what you want to do:
- recover windows only - i.e. lose access to Ubuntu ???. If so search for fixmbr
- clean up the Ubuntu install ???. If so change the grub.conf/menu.lst to reference (hd0,1) instead of (hd0,0).

I'm surprised the NTFS support isn't in Ubuntu.
Old 05-22-2005, 11:42 PM   #4
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First, check to make sure of the number of partitions on your windows (hda) drive - sometimes there's a small OEM utility partition that gets in the way. As root:
fdisk -l /dev/hda
Then, check your /boot/grub/menu.lst (or grub.conf) file for the windows entry. It should be something like
title           Windows
root            (hd1,0)
map             (hd0) (hd1)
map             (hd1) (hd0)
chainloader     +1
The map lines in bold may or may not be necessary - it will depend on whether Grub is passing arguments to Windows that makes it think it's being booted from the second hard drive. As for the quick restore function, theoretically it shouldn't make any difference, but then again I haven't used one...




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