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Old 01-14-2006, 11:05 AM   #1
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OpenSUSE installation corrupted my hard drive? Can't start Windows now

I decided to try a Linux distribution after many years with Windows just now but it's all gone horribily wrong.

I've got Windows XP SP2 on a P4 3ghz laptop. I decided to install Linux as a second OS but after trying to install it I've had major problems. BIOS is still working but if I try to boot from my hard disk now (where Windows should be) I get nothing. Nothing. Just a blank screen.

This happened when I left YAST (opensuse's graphical manager?) to partition my hard drive into a Windows partition and a Linux partition then install Linux into the new partition. I left it to do this and when I came back half and hour later my computer had turned off but Windows has apparently gone. Looks like my hard drive dosen't even exist anymore.

I've tried opensuse's rescue systems but they keep asking me for a login of which I've tried many. Then it asks for a rescue number but I have none (although I've tried loads).

I can use the Live CD to boot from a CD and run Linux through there but my *major* problem is getting my hard drive and Windows back (along with all my data).

Anyone have any ideas?

Old 01-14-2006, 11:16 AM   #2
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no need to cross post
Old 01-14-2006, 11:17 AM   #3
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sorry bout that


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