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Old 07-02-2009, 11:21 AM   #1
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Lost all my partitions


Hello,

I'm verry new to linux and i messed up my partitions.
Here's what i did:
I installed Ubuntu 9.04 on my laptop on the following partitions:
/ - 10 GB
swap - 1 GB
i left 10 GB free space because i wanted to install windows there after that
the rest of the hard drive - one big NTFS partition

When i tried to boot a win XP CD it gave an error - NTLDR missing, i tried a NTLDR fixer but didn't help. Next i used a partitionner from a live CD and i formatted the 10 GB that i previousley left free to a NTFS partition. The program told me to reboot and after that i boot with win XP CD that worked this time but when i tried to tell windows where to install it said it needs to write MBR and after that my system froze. Ofcourse nothing works since then. I'm now on ubuntu live from mai flash drive.
I ran gparted but it only displays one big unallocated disk.
I allso tried the following: boot from win xp CD and in Recovery Console
Code:
fixmbr
  fixboot
but here what was the output :
FIXBOOT cannot find the system drive, or the drive specified is not valid.
Can u pls help me recover my lost partitions or at least salvage the data from the NTFS partition.
Thx in advance!
 
Old 07-02-2009, 11:46 AM   #2
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If you don't have a lot of valuble data on the machine you may be better off to start over. That said, you might try Testdisk
http://www.cgsecurity.org/wiki/TestDisk

Generally it is better to install windows first. Normally the windows installer does not play nice when it can't have the whole disk it is being installed to. It is some better than it use to be but still.

Knoppix would allow you to save your data somewhere then the reinstall could be done.
 
Old 07-02-2009, 12:00 PM   #3
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Unfortunatelly I have lots of important data on the drive because this is the laptop from my job with lots of documentation and software. Can u pls be more speciffic about Knoppix and how can i save the data?

Thanx!
 
Old 07-02-2009, 12:56 PM   #4
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Knoppix is one of many live-cd's. They run from the cd not the hard drive.

1. boot the lappy on Knoppix. You should get icons on the desktop for the different partitions on the drives attached to the comp.

2. Select the one that contains the info you want to save and open it.

3. An external usb-hard-drive would be best to save to, but select pick the place you want to save to and mount that partition/drive or what ever in read/write mode. Right click select properties and in there you will find an option to make the drive writable select that then mount the drive. Knoppix uses a single click desktop, so it is easy to mount something without meaning to and it defaults to mounting in read-only mode. The drive you want to write to has to be unmounted to make it writable. You will get the hang of it.

4. Copy the files you want to save to where you want to save them.

NOTE: there can be write issues with ntfs so if you have a different option use it.

NOTE2: Knoppix has pretty good hardware detection so you should end up with a working network. It may be a wired one and not wireless, but that would make it possible to save the data to a different comp on your network. Usally the cd/dvd drive will work too so if you have a burner you could save your data to a cd/dvd.

It would not hurt to play around in knoppix to get the feal of it before you try to save your data. Remember that unless you deliberatlly make a disk/partition writeable it is mounted read-only.
 
Old 07-03-2009, 11:48 AM   #5
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Srry for not writting till now, but i had lots of work at my job.
Meanwhile i used TestDisk and it partially solved my problem...it didn't fix my drive so i can mount it, but i could access all my data and copy it on another drive.

Thx allot for u're help!!!!
 
Old 07-03-2009, 12:12 PM   #6
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glad to be of help
 
  


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