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Old 02-09-2009, 07:17 AM   #16
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I am now able to use my hard drive again :happy:

I used Partition Table Doctor and used it to rebuilt my boot sector which was changed by Gentoo then abruptly aborted by me.

After that, I went into the recovery console of my XP Installer CD then fixbooted it to C: then fix MBR

Finally, I rebooted then chose "Last Known Good Configuration That Worked".


Indirectly, you guys guided me to a software that helped me. Also, I live alone so this forum has truly kept me more calm.

I learned alot in the process, too.

A noob like me shouldn't have messed with Linux. lol.

Anyway, I still want to try Linux out. What's the friendliest distro that you guys might recommend?
Old 02-09-2009, 07:17 AM   #17
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Originally Posted by bap_120790 View Post
I couldn't use testdisk on my non-booting hard drive so I bought the software Partition Table Doctor.

It detected my partitions.

My Partitions used to be:

C: and D:, in NTFS format

now, they were in Ext2 and were divided into three...

My files are still there despite the change of File System, right?
It's not that simple.

The fs is not just a flag or a label that you can put and magically swap at your will. The fs involves a layout, a structure, a very definite format. And migrating from one to another is not as simple as just wishing so. So, if the files were stored in ntfs format and the partition is now ext2 there's no way that your files have migrated automatically at all, unless you used a conversion tool (which by the way, I have no idea at all if such a thing exists for ntfs to ext2 conversion).

Also, I aborted the install when Gentoo was changing my filesystem, I wonder how much that messed up my drive.
And this is something you definitely shouldn't repeat in the future. Your partitions will probably be messed up. Even if you manage to detect them and write a valid partition table that doesn't mean that the contents of the partitions is valid. Not even the file system within them is guaranteed to be valid.

However, don't let that stop you. If you can recover anything or most of it then good luck. there's always a chance. What was it doing exactly when you aborted? Deleting, creating, resizing a partition or...?

EDITED: I see that it worked. I am glad about that. About a distro for starters, most newcomers seems to like Ubuntu. Though I think that it's a very personal thing.

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Old 02-09-2009, 08:08 AM   #18
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I'll go with Ubuntu, then.

Thanks, i92guboj!

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