LinuxQuestions.org
Share your knowledge at the LQ Wiki.
Go Back   LinuxQuestions.org > Forums > Linux Forums > Linux - Software
User Name
Password
Linux - Software This forum is for Software issues.
Having a problem installing a new program? Want to know which application is best for the job? Post your question in this forum.

Notices


Closed Thread
  Search this Thread
Old 01-20-2006, 09:10 AM   #1
loser112
LQ Newbie
 
Registered: Jan 2006
Posts: 3

Rep: Reputation: 0
Exclamation messed up


Hey!

here is my problem

i was installing knoppix-std on my laptop from the live CD.
when i type the command #mkfs.ext2 /dev/hda1
all seemed fine. But when the command was done my laptop reboted (low power)
And when my computer started agine it said "OS is missing"
becuse i was running win_xp before my question is can i get it back with all the prior data?
 
Old 01-20-2006, 10:29 AM   #2
Matir
LQ Guru
 
Registered: Nov 2004
Location: San Jose, CA
Distribution: Ubuntu
Posts: 8,507

Rep: Reputation: 124Reputation: 124
Is there a reason you formatted the first partition on your drive?
 
Old 01-20-2006, 11:19 AM   #3
haertig
Senior Member
 
Registered: Nov 2004
Distribution: Debian, Ubuntu, LinuxMint, Slackware, SysrescueCD, Raspbian, Arch
Posts: 2,266

Rep: Reputation: 354Reputation: 354Reputation: 354Reputation: 354
Quote:
Originally Posted by Matir
Quote:
"mkfs.ext2 /dev/hda1" ... "OS is missing"
Is there a reason you formatted the first partition on your drive?
Ouch, that one stung a bit!

To clarify for the original poster: You reformatted the first partition on your harddrive, which is most likely where Windows XP was originally installed, especially given your "OS is missing" error on reboot. Depending on where you installed Knoppix (hopefully to some place other then /dev/hda1), your intent with the mkfs command may have well been to wipe out Windows XP and move to Knoppix only. Your issue would then be that you didn't install a bootloader for Linux to the MBR. So it's still trying to boot Windows which was wiped out at your request (via mkfs).

If you didn't really mean to wipe out your first partition ... ouch! I'm not sure how you can recover. Some low level recovery-after-format tool possibly. Don't go writing anything to that first paritition just yet until you know for yourself what happened and have a recovery plan. Trying something like "reinstalling Windows" would scramble into oblivion what data might still be retrievable from that freshly formatted partition.
 
Old 01-20-2006, 11:30 AM   #4
Matir
LQ Guru
 
Registered: Nov 2004
Location: San Jose, CA
Distribution: Ubuntu
Posts: 8,507

Rep: Reputation: 124Reputation: 124
I honestly didn't mean for that to "sting" or seem like a slap to the OP. I was just trying to understand what he was doing, and I saw no connection to the formatting in the other parts of his post. Sorry if it seemed rude.
 
Old 01-20-2006, 11:37 AM   #5
haertig
Senior Member
 
Registered: Nov 2004
Distribution: Debian, Ubuntu, LinuxMint, Slackware, SysrescueCD, Raspbian, Arch
Posts: 2,266

Rep: Reputation: 354Reputation: 354Reputation: 354Reputation: 354
Quote:
Originally Posted by Matir
I honestly didn't mean for that to "sting"...
No, no, no. I wasn't meaning to say that your comment stung. I was trying to say that the OP's actions might have stung him a bit. Subtle differences of intent vs. understanding often show up in postings. I need to learn from that and review my specific wording.
 
Old 01-20-2006, 02:33 PM   #6
pixellany
LQ Veteran
 
Registered: Nov 2005
Location: Annapolis, MD
Distribution: Arch/XFCE
Posts: 17,802

Rep: Reputation: 738Reputation: 738Reputation: 738Reputation: 738Reputation: 738Reputation: 738Reputation: 738
Where is OP????

We don't know from his post if he has (or had) dual-boot. We also do not know where in the install process he formatted hda1.

(We also hope that his data was backed up.....)
 
Old 01-22-2006, 09:37 AM   #7
jtshaw
Senior Member
 
Registered: Nov 2000
Location: Seattle, WA USA
Distribution: Ubuntu @ Home, RHEL @ Work
Posts: 3,892
Blog Entries: 1

Rep: Reputation: 67
I'm going to go ahead and close this thread. Please continue this conversation over here.
 
  


Closed Thread


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off



Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
messed up X crispy_420 Linux - Newbie 1 09-09-2005 01:23 AM
Now i messed up :( zoharPL Linux - Hardware 2 07-07-2005 09:47 AM
Messed Up Already !!! tamtam Linux - Newbie 7 05-07-2004 04:29 AM
I think I really messed up here... Spacehead74 Linux - Newbie 6 09-02-2003 10:25 AM
really messed up X JunLitsu Linux - Software 0 05-06-2003 01:31 AM

LinuxQuestions.org > Forums > Linux Forums > Linux - Software

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 08:49 AM.

Main Menu
Advertisement
My LQ
Write for LQ
LinuxQuestions.org is looking for people interested in writing Editorials, Articles, Reviews, and more. If you'd like to contribute content, let us know.
Main Menu
Syndicate
RSS1  Latest Threads
RSS1  LQ News
Twitter: @linuxquestions
Facebook: linuxquestions Google+: linuxquestions
Open Source Consulting | Domain Registration