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

    You should use windows tools to repair windows, if at all possible:

    Vista or 7 repair
    Comments by others:
    Repair often does not work, some say run 3 times others recommend the command line bootrec.exe
    Always run chkdsk and run again until there are no errors, that may be all that is required

    How to use the Bootrec.exe tool in the Windows Recovery Environment to troubleshoot and repair startup issues in Windows
    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/927392
    http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials...ot-record.html
    http://windows7ultimate.windowsreins...indexthumbs.ht

    Above links summarized, see links if more detail desired
    You will need to boot with your Vista/Windows 7 installation disk or repair disk. Hit Enter at the language selection prompt then hit "R" to get to the repair section. You can then select the automatic boot repair tool, but it often will not do any good. Then select the command prompt (console) and type in the following commands:
    BootRec.exe /fixmbr #updates MBR master boot record do not run if you still want grub
    chkdsk C: /r /f (may have to run /r or /f as separate entries) rerun until no errors
    BootRec.exe /FixBoot #updates PBR partition boot sector
    BootRec.exe /ScanOs
    BootRec.exe /RebuildBcd

    How to fix Vista/Window 7 when the boot files are missing - rebuild BCD with bcdedit
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showpost.php...32&postcount=4
    Some advanced BCD rebuild, Vista:
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1426103
    http://neosmart.net/wiki/display/EBC...r+from+the+DVD
    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.

    Should I back up my data before attempting fixing with the rec' disc?
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    Re: Attempted to re-install Ubuntu, now cannot alter partitions.

    If it is a recovery disk it probably is the type that just erases everything and restores the hard drive to the day you purchased it. Yes back everything up.

    If your PC did not come with a complete Vista or Win7 installation CD, you can download a Recovery Disc at the following links:
    Windows Vista/7 Recovery Disc - for repairs only
    http://neosmart.net/blog/2008/window...disc-download/
    http://neosmart.net/blog/2009/window...-repair-discs/
    Vista will not repair XP (they create the boot sectors differently) but can run chkdsk.
    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/927392
    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.

    It came with no cd's, but has recovery tools by HP which allowed me to make my own spread over 3 CD's. Thanks. I'l report back soon with my findings.
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