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Old 03-04-2012, 12:04 AM   #1
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messed up my windows partition when isntalling fedora - need advice

I was thinking of having dual-boot in my machine; windows and fedora

I made a liveUSB with fedora installed and booted it on startup
I then went to *isntall to hard-drive* method and when i was clicking next, I accidentally chose the *use all space* then it loaded some volume groups.

please see screenshot

I was experimenting with the system and i didn;t know what i was doing. I restarted my machine hoping that all is well.

then i got this error

im unable to boot in my windows.

really need your help here.
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Assuming your Windows install was on sdb1 (the "EFI System Partition"), then I'd recommend you do two things;

1) Poweroff your system and disconnect sda

2) Boot off of your Windows media disk and go to the recovery console.
You'll want to use the Recovery console and issue a 'fixboot' and maybe a 'fixmbr'.
I strongly suggest you hit up and read-up on those commands that pertain to whichever Windows distribution you're using.
3) Reboot and do a test-boot of your Windows distribution. If you got it working, then

4) Poweroff, reconnect sda, then add an entry in your grub setup to boot sdb1.

Good Luck!
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On the contrary, I would say the Windows has been trashed.
F16 will reformat as a gpt disk if you chose to use all the space. Everything is gone (in all likelihood).

There are also some known problems with doing this from the Fedora side of things. As can be seen here.

I would advise you start again - re-build Windoze, then carefully re-install F16.

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Old 03-04-2012, 01:34 AM   #4
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you mean to say all my files in my windows partition are all gone?

I dont have a live windows CD to access the recovery console, so i downloading it somewhere.
Im still trying to figure out how to put it on my USB and boot it from there.

I just cant abandon my windows without extracting my files there. can you think of any way to recover those?

also, i can access my fedora when booting it on my USB, is there a way i could fix my windows when in fedora?


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