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Old 12-13-2009, 01:20 PM   #1
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XP not accessible after 9.10 install to separate partition

Hello All,

My name is J and I live in Whitehorse and work in Albian Sands, Alberta Canada, where it was -51 C two days ago.

While sitting in the room with not much to do, I downloaded the .iso and made the disk for Ubuntu 9.10. I then shrunk the partition for XP to make unused space between it and the NTFS data partition.

I then used the 9.10 disk for installing Linux and all seemed to work well. Ubuntu came up, and did its updating and I personalized the mail settings, etc.

When that was done, I used Linux several times, and it continues to work well. The first time I tried XP to get data I want for Linux, I found that XP will no longer boot, and, it is still in an "active" partition.

Grub has a listing for XP (listed as Vista) but fails to start it. This may be due in part to an artifact left from a time that I had XP and Vista on the machine in a dual boot configuration, and that XP was still loading from the Vista boot rather than the original XP boot... I suspect this because Grub shows the boot line for XP as Vista, which was removed long ago.

Bottom line...

How can I get XP, which appears to still be there in its original partition, to boot from Grub.

While I am computer literate where it comes to MS, Linux is new to me.



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See my post here. Do likewise, and post the RESULTS.txt
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Did you defragment your Windows XP partition before you shrunk it? That is always highly recommended to avoid data loss. If you still have your Windows XP disc, perhaps you might try to repair your XP install.
Windows often keeps some important configuration files near both ends of the drive; which , for me, is a cause for concern when I shrink the partition.
Possibly try the Super Grub CD, which might help (just don't kill GRUB with it all together).


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