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Old 08-13-2010, 02:46 AM   #1
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Hard disk disappeared after trying to install Ubuntu

Ok, I guess I am going to be in some deep trouble. I tried to remove XP partition that was on my computer and install ubuntu. But the installation ended due to a power failure just after removing XP paritions I guess. Now, my IDE hard disk is not even getting detected. First I thought I have lost my hard disk, Now I have a little hope after seeing this <see attachments>
Is there a way to recover the partitions?
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Old 08-13-2010, 06:33 AM   #2
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You don't say what kind of computer, or if you want to preserve the ability to return to windows, but assuming you are willing to throw everything to the wind and start fresh you can simply delete the three partitions (21 GB, 1 k, 19 GB). Understand this will PERMANENTLY destroy all data on your hard drive, including any recovery partitions or manufacurer partitions.

Recovery of the drive will likely be problematic. Depending on exactly when the power went out during the process there could be nothing to recover, or a lot to recover. If there was nothing of value there the best advise is to completely wipe the drive and start over.

Highlight each partition and choose "Delete" then you will need to add one or more partitions for ubuntu and complete the install process. If you are starting the ubuntu install from scratch you can simply tell it to do a clean install and use the entire drive.

Hope this is helpful.
Old 08-13-2010, 06:52 AM   #3
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Like never say never says. Delete the 19 gig, the 21 gig, and the 1kb partitons and you will have 40 gigs to install Ubuntu. And Like he said just pick Install to entire drive when running the installer.


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