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The_JinJ 10-16-2007 02:57 PM

Ok as long as it's sorted I guess...from memory, with XP you would start the install as normal then the repair option would be an option later....same for Vista? Guess it doesn't matter :)

oskar 10-16-2007 04:46 PM


Originally Posted by Retrofill (Post 2926318)
oh dear, when i type 'mount -a' it says /windows/c/ does not exist :(. Looks like my partition is corrupted and I'll have to format.

Thanks for your help guys, especially oskar :)

NO! It means the mountpoint doesn't exist! The mountpoint is nothing but a folder, you need to create it.

$ sudo mkdir /windows/c
The partition is at /dev/sda1 (most likely) You have to mount it in order to access it. The long line in fstab is the UUID. You can see which drive has which ID with

ls -l /dev/disk/by-uuid

oskar 10-16-2007 04:55 PM

You have two options. One is you familiarize yourself with harddrives, partitions and bootloaders enough so you are understanding how a dual-boot system works, because it looks like in order to fix this you will have to 'repair' windows with the win install disk, but then you likely have to reinstall grub with a live cd.

Or you get a winchester case for the system drives, this way you don't have to bother with this kind of stuff at all.

The_JinJ 10-16-2007 05:42 PM

He reinstalled Vista.....

oskar 10-16-2007 06:28 PM

Can't really blame him. Microsoft obviously did this on purpose. They really did everything they could to make installing a second OS as hard as possible.

dave61430 10-16-2007 09:15 PM


Originally Posted by Retrofill (Post 2926458)
Tried, that, the windows install did not appear in the repair list.

So I've formatted and re-installed vista, thanks for your help though.


For the future, it's a good idea to keep a copy of the mbr. You can download a free utility mbrwork (google will find it). You can save this on bootable media.
This will let you backup/restore the embr (very first physical track) plus some other options.
Dave Cohen

Jack_The_Nimble 10-17-2007 02:41 AM

Ya know, now I don't mean to be a jerk, or be a nay-sayer, but why would you want to run Vista? I mean really, I want to know?

Retrofill 10-18-2007 08:36 PM

Well I bought Vista thinking it was the natural upgrade from XP, but obviously thats not hapenned with Vista. But i'm sticking with it for now, I kind of like the user interface over the older windows XP.

I know a lot more about mounting points in linux now, i've since added a second FAT32 partition to share files between OS's. Thanks for all your help though guys :D


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