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    Attempted to re-install Ubuntu, now cannot alter partitions.

    Hi,
    Yesterday I tried to re-install Ubuntu. Long story behind that, I wont bore you with it.
    I used Parted Magic to remove the partitions that Ubuntu was using. I then rebooted, and I get Grub come up saying that no such Partition exists. I guess it's looking for the Linux partition. I can use the Ultimate Boot CD's boot management tools to access and boot my Windows 7 though.
    The problem is, that Gparted will not allow me to modify the partitions on my HDD any more. Attached is a graphic of the message and the layout of my hard drive.

    Screenshot.jpg

    Note: i use windows 7 which came with an emergency recovery tool built into a separate partition.

    It says to use Windows 'chkdsk /f' tool to scan the drive. Hard in 7 with UAC not giving the primary admin clearance to allow it, but I got it to. Wrote 'chkdsk /f' in notepad, and saved it as a .bat file and ran with admin privileges.
    So, it scanned thoroughly, with 5 methods and 30 mins, and I booted it twice like it said to. I received no text regarding corruption or correction. Still I get the error message. Any help please?
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    Re: Attempted to re-install Ubuntu, now cannot alter partitions.

    Why not use Windows to remove the partition if Windows can not find anything wrong with it? Remove the partition from within Windows and leave it as unallocated space. Gparted should be able to work with the unallocated space.
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    Re: Attempted to re-install Ubuntu, now cannot alter partitions.

    I didn't know Windows 7 had a Partition Editor. How do I access it?
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    Re: Attempted to re-install Ubuntu, now cannot alter partitions.

    Control Panels - Administrative Tools - Disk Management

    Has it changed in Windows 7?
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    Re: Attempted to re-install Ubuntu, now cannot alter partitions.

    If there are a lot of errors chkdsk does not fix them all. You have to keep running chkdsk until you get no errors.

    You always should use the windows tools to resize the windows partition.

    If Microsoft's Checkdisk (chkdsk) failed to repair the MFT, run TestDisk, also rebuild boot sector
    http://www.cgsecurity.org/wiki/Advan...and_MFT_Repair
    For info on UEFI boot install & repair:
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=2147295
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    Re: Attempted to re-install Ubuntu, now cannot alter partitions.

    Thanks for the replies guys.
    I used TestDisk to rebuild the MFT and MBR but now I cannot boot windows or the windows recovery partition. Help Please? I is stuck...
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