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    Recover Windows with Testdisk?

    So when I installed Ubuntu apparently I made 5 partitions and the Windows partition converted itself to
    SFS. Im able to change type to NTFS to read the files but have no idea how to boot Windowes from this point. Any ideas?

    heres my output of fdisk

    Code:
    Disk /dev/sda: 320.1 GB, 320072933376 bytes
    255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 38913 cylinders
    Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes
    Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
    I/O size (minimum/optimal): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
    Disk identifier: 0x00000000
    
       Device Boot      Start         End      Blocks   Id  System
    /dev/sda1               1           5       40129+   6  FAT16
    Partition 1 does not end on cylinder boundary.
    /dev/sda2               6        1918    15360000   83  Linux
    /dev/sda3   *        1918       38654   295086424    7  HPFS/NTFS
    /dev/sda4           38654       38914     2082817    5  Extended
    /dev/sda5           38654       38914     2082816   82  Linux swap / Solaris
    And heres what Testdisk says.

    Code:
    TestDisk 6.11, Data Recovery Utility, April 2009
    Christophe GRENIER <grenier@cgsecurity.org>
    http://www.cgsecurity.org
    
    Disk /dev/sda - 320 GB / 298 GiB - CHS 38913 255 63
    
         Partition                  Start        End    Size in sectors
     1 P FAT16 >32M               0   1  1     4 254 60      80259 [DellUtility]
     2 P Linux                    5  25 21  1917  84 23   30720000
     3 * HPFS - NTFS           1917  84 24 38653 227 22  590172848 [OS]
     4 E extended             38653 248 58 38913  70  5    4165634
     5 L Linux Swap           38653 248 60 38913  70  5    4165632
    But when I do quick search in testdisk it says this

    Code:
    TestDisk 6.11, Data Recovery Utility, April 2009
    Christophe GRENIER <grenier@cgsecurity.org>
    http://www.cgsecurity.org
    
    Disk /dev/sda - 320 GB / 298 GiB - CHS 38914 255 63
         Partition               Start        End    Size in sectors
    D FAT16 >32M               0   1  1     4 254 60      80259 [DellUtility]
    D Linux                    5  25 21  1917  84 23   30720000
    D HPFS - NTFS           1917  84 24 38653 227 22  590172848 [OS]
    D Linux Swap           38653 227 23 38913  48 15    4165616
    Last edited by freshmeat20; January 26th, 2011 at 05:26 PM.

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    Re: Recover Windows with Testdisk?

    You currently appear to have 3 primary partitions and an extended partition, which holds a swap partition. That's fine. Why do you think that Windows has been converted to SFS?
    Have you run
    Code:
    sudo update-grub
    in a terminal and watched to see if the Windows Loader is picked up?
    If that doesn't pick up Windows please go to the site below and download the boot script to your DESKTOP and then open up a terminal (Applications > Accessories > terminal) and run
    Code:
    sudo bash ~/Desktop/boot_info_script*.sh
    This will produce a results.txt file on your desktop. Please copy the contents of that file and paste them in your next post between CODE tags. For CODE tags click on New Reply (not quick reply)and then click on the # symbol in the toolbar.
    This will give a full overview of your current system.
    Thanks.

    http://bootinfoscript.sourceforge.net/
    MacBook Pro 10,1 retina

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    Re: Recover Windows with Testdisk?

    it USED to be SFS, until I changed type but couldnt really be for sure if thsts what it did.

    It still sess the Windows partition as unknown.
    Code:
             Boot Info Script 0.55    dated February 15th, 2010                    
    
    ============================= Boot Info Summary: ==============================
    
     => Testdisk is installed in the MBR of /dev/sda
    
    sda1: _________________________________________________________________________
    
        File system:       vfat
        Boot sector type:  Dell Utility: Fat16
        Boot sector info:  No errors found in the Boot Parameter Block.
        Operating System:  
        Boot files/dirs:   /COMMAND.COM
    
    sda2: _________________________________________________________________________
    
        File system:       ext4
        Boot sector type:  -
        Boot sector info:  
        Operating System:  Ubuntu 10.10
        Boot files/dirs:   /boot/grub/menu.lst /boot/grub/grub.cfg /etc/fstab 
                           /boot/grub/core.img
    
    sda3: _________________________________________________________________________
    
        File system:       ntfs
        Boot sector type:  Unknown
        Boot sector info:  No errors found in the Boot Parameter Block.
        Operating System:  
        Boot files/dirs:   
    
    sda4: _________________________________________________________________________
    
        File system:       Extended Partition
        Boot sector type:  -
        Boot sector info:  
    
    sda5: _________________________________________________________________________
    
        File system:       swap
        Boot sector type:  -
        Boot sector info:  
    
    =========================== Drive/Partition Info: =============================
    
    Drive: sda ___________________ _____________________________________________________
    
    Disk /dev/sda: 320.1 GB, 320072933376 bytes
    255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 38913 cylinders, total 625142448 sectors
    Units = sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes
    Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
    
    Partition  Boot         Start           End          Size  Id System
    
    /dev/sda1                  63        80,321        80,259   6 FAT16
    /dev/sda2              81,920    30,801,919    30,720,000  83 Linux
    /dev/sda3    *     30,801,920   620,974,767   590,172,848   7 HPFS/NTFS
    /dev/sda4         620,976,126   625,141,759     4,165,634   5 Extended
    /dev/sda5         620,976,128   625,141,759     4,165,632  82 Linux swap / Solaris
    
    
    blkid -c /dev/null: ____________________________________________________________
    
    Device           UUID                                   TYPE       LABEL                         
    
    /dev/sda1        3030-3030                              vfat       DellUtility                   
    /dev/sda2        469f5028-988c-4d8e-b107-0b42ff7af935   ext4                                     
    /dev/sda3        0975AA55FB810F72                       ntfs       OS                            
    /dev/sda4: PTTYPE="dos" 
    /dev/sda5        72f07cda-c209-412e-86a0-3c231351887c   swap                                     
    /dev/sda: PTTYPE="dos" 
    
    ============================ "mount | grep ^/dev  output: ===========================
    
    Device           Mount_Point              Type       Options
    
    /dev/sda2        /                        ext4       (rw,errors=remount-ro,commit=0)
    /dev/sda3        /media/OS                fuseblk    (rw,nosuid,nodev,allow_other,blksize=4096,default_permissions)
    
    
    =========================== sda2/boot/grub/menu.lst: ===========================
    
    # menu.lst - See: grub(8), info grub, update-grub(8)
    #            grub-install(8), grub-floppy(8),
    #            grub-md5-crypt, /usr/share/doc/grub
    #            and /usr/share/doc/grub-legacy-doc/.
    
    ## default num
    # Set the default entry to the entry number NUM. Numbering starts from 0, and
    # the entry number 0 is the default if the command is not used.
    #
    # You can specify 'saved' instead of a number. In this case, the default entry
    # is the entry saved with the command 'savedefault'.
    # WARNING: If you are using dmraid do not use 'savedefault' or your
    # array will desync and will not let you boot your system.
    default        0
    
    ## timeout sec
    # Set a timeout, in SEC seconds, before automatically booting the default entry
    # (normally the first entry defined).
    timeout        3
    
    ## hiddenmenu
    # Hides the menu by default (press ESC to see the menu)
    hiddenmenu
    
    # Pretty colours
    #color cyan/blue white/blue
    
    ## password ['--md5'] passwd
    # If used in the first section of a menu file, disable all interactive editing
    # control (menu entry editor and command-line)  and entries protected by the
    # command 'lock'
    # e.g. password topsecret
    #      password --md5 $1$gLhU0/$aW78kHK1QfV3P2b2znUoe/
    # password topsecret
    
    #
    # examples
    #
    # title        Windows 95/98/NT/2000
    # root        (hd0,0)
    # makeactive
    # chainloader    +1
    #
    # title        Linux
    # root        (hd0,1)
    # kernel    /vmlinuz root=/dev/hda2 ro
    #
    
    #
    # Put static boot stanzas before and/or after AUTOMAGIC KERNEL LIST
    
    ### BEGIN AUTOMAGIC KERNELS LIST
    ## lines between the AUTOMAGIC KERNELS LIST markers will be modified
    ## by the debian update-grub script except for the default options below
    
    ## DO NOT UNCOMMENT THEM, Just edit them to your needs
    
    ## ## Start Default Options ##
    ## default kernel options
    ## default kernel options for automagic boot options
    ## If you want special options for specific kernels use kopt_x_y_z
    ## where x.y.z is kernel version. Minor versions can be omitted.
    ## e.g. kopt=root=/dev/hda1 ro
    ##      kopt_2_6_8=root=/dev/hdc1 ro
    ##      kopt_2_6_8_2_686=root=/dev/hdc2 ro
    # kopt=root=UUID=469f5028-988c-4d8e-b107-0b42ff7af935 ro
    
    ## default grub root device
    ## e.g. groot=(hd0,0)
    # groot=469f5028-988c-4d8e-b107-0b42ff7af935
    
    ## should update-grub create alternative automagic boot options
    ## e.g. alternative=true
    ##      alternative=false
    # alternative=true
    
    ## should update-grub lock alternative automagic boot options
    ## e.g. lockalternative=true
    ##      lockalternative=false
    # lockalternative=false
    
    ## additional options to use with the default boot option, but not with the
    ## alternatives
    ## e.g. defoptions=vga=791 resume=/dev/hda5
    # defoptions=quiet splash
    
    ## should update-grub lock old automagic boot options
    ## e.g. lockold=false
    ##      lockold=true
    # lockold=false
    
    ## Xen hypervisor options to use with the default Xen boot option
    # xenhopt=
    
    ## Xen Linux kernel options to use with the default Xen boot option
    # xenkopt=console=tty0
    
    ## altoption boot targets option
    ## multiple altoptions lines are allowed
    ## e.g. altoptions=(extra menu suffix) extra boot options
    ##      altoptions=(recovery) single
    # altoptions=(recovery mode) single
    
    ## controls how many kernels should be put into the menu.lst
    ## only counts the first occurence of a kernel, not the
    ## alternative kernel options
    ## e.g. howmany=all
    ##      howmany=7
    # howmany=all
    
    ## specify if running in Xen domU or have grub detect automatically
    ## update-grub will ignore non-xen kernels when running in domU and vice versa
    ## e.g. indomU=detect
    ##      indomU=true
    ##      indomU=false
    # indomU=detect
    
    ## should update-grub create memtest86 boot option
    ## e.g. memtest86=true
    ##      memtest86=false
    # memtest86=true
    
    ## should update-grub adjust the value of the default booted system
    ## can be true or false
    # updatedefaultentry=false
    
    ## should update-grub add savedefault to the default options
    ## can be true or false
    # savedefault=false
    
    ## ## End Default Options ##
    
    title        Ubuntu 10.10, kernel 2.6.35-22-generic
    uuid        469f5028-988c-4d8e-b107-0b42ff7af935
    kernel        /boot/vmlinuz-2.6.35-22-generic root=UUID=469f5028-988c-4d8e-b107-0b42ff7af935 ro quiet splash 
    initrd        /boot/initrd.img-2.6.35-22-generic
    
    title        Ubuntu 10.10, kernel 2.6.35-22-generic (recovery mode)
    uuid        469f5028-988c-4d8e-b107-0b42ff7af935
    kernel        /boot/vmlinuz-2.6.35-22-generic root=UUID=469f5028-988c-4d8e-b107-0b42ff7af935 ro  single
    initrd        /boot/initrd.img-2.6.35-22-generic
    
    title        Chainload into GRUB 2
    root        469f5028-988c-4d8e-b107-0b42ff7af935
    kernel        /boot/grub/core.img
    
    title        Ubuntu 10.10, memtest86+
    uuid        469f5028-988c-4d8e-b107-0b42ff7af935
    kernel        /boot/memtest86+.bin
    
    ### END DEBIAN AUTOMAGIC KERNELS LIST
    
    =========================== sda2/boot/grub/grub.cfg: ===========================
    
    #
    # DO NOT EDIT THIS FILE
    #
    # It is automatically generated by grub-mkconfig using templates
    # from /etc/grub.d and settings from /etc/default/grub
    #
    
    ### BEGIN /etc/grub.d/00_header ###
    if [ -s $prefix/grubenv ]; then
      set have_grubenv=true
      load_env
    fi
    set default="0"
    if [ "${prev_saved_entry}" ]; then
      set saved_entry="${prev_saved_entry}"
      save_env saved_entry
      set prev_saved_entry=
      save_env prev_saved_entry
      set boot_once=true
    fi
    
    function savedefault {
      if [ -z "${boot_once}" ]; then
        saved_entry="${chosen}"
        save_env saved_entry
      fi
    }
    
    function recordfail {
      set recordfail=1
      if [ -n "${have_grubenv}" ]; then if [ -z "${boot_once}" ]; then save_env recordfail; fi; fi
    }
    
    function load_video {
      insmod vbe
      insmod vga
    }
    
    insmod part_msdos
    insmod ext2
    set root='(hd0,msdos2)'
    search --no-floppy --fs-uuid --set 469f5028-988c-4d8e-b107-0b42ff7af935
    if loadfont /usr/share/grub/unicode.pf2 ; then
      set gfxmode=640x480
      load_video
      insmod gfxterm
    fi
    terminal_output gfxterm
    insmod part_msdos
    insmod ext2
    set root='(hd0,msdos2)'
    search --no-floppy --fs-uuid --set 469f5028-988c-4d8e-b107-0b42ff7af935
    set locale_dir=($root)/boot/grub/locale
    set lang=en
    insmod gettext
    if [ "${recordfail}" = 1 ]; then
      set timeout=-1
    else
      set timeout=10
    fi
    ### END /etc/grub.d/00_header ###
    
    ### BEGIN /etc/grub.d/05_debian_theme ###
    set menu_color_normal=white/black
    set menu_color_highlight=black/light-gray
    ### END /etc/grub.d/05_debian_theme ###
    
    ### BEGIN /etc/grub.d/10_linux ###
    menuentry 'Ubuntu, with Linux 2.6.35-22-generic' --class ubuntu --class gnu-linux --class gnu --class os {
        recordfail
        insmod part_msdos
        insmod ext2
        set root='(hd0,msdos2)'
        search --no-floppy --fs-uuid --set 469f5028-988c-4d8e-b107-0b42ff7af935
        linux    /boot/vmlinuz-2.6.35-22-generic root=UUID=469f5028-988c-4d8e-b107-0b42ff7af935 ro   quiet splash
        initrd    /boot/initrd.img-2.6.35-22-generic
    }
    menuentry 'Ubuntu, with Linux 2.6.35-22-generic (recovery mode)' --class ubuntu --class gnu-linux --class gnu --class os {
        recordfail
        insmod part_msdos
        insmod ext2
        set root='(hd0,msdos2)'
        search --no-floppy --fs-uuid --set 469f5028-988c-4d8e-b107-0b42ff7af935
        echo    'Loading Linux 2.6.35-22-generic ...'
        linux    /boot/vmlinuz-2.6.35-22-generic root=UUID=469f5028-988c-4d8e-b107-0b42ff7af935 ro single 
        echo    'Loading initial ramdisk ...'
        initrd    /boot/initrd.img-2.6.35-22-generic
    }
    ### END /etc/grub.d/10_linux ###
    
    ### BEGIN /etc/grub.d/20_linux_xen ###
    ### END /etc/grub.d/20_linux_xen ###
    
    ### BEGIN /etc/grub.d/20_memtest86+ ###
    menuentry "Memory test (memtest86+)" {
        insmod part_msdos
        insmod ext2
        set root='(hd0,msdos2)'
        search --no-floppy --fs-uuid --set 469f5028-988c-4d8e-b107-0b42ff7af935
        linux16    /boot/memtest86+.bin
    }
    menuentry "Memory test (memtest86+, serial console 115200)" {
        insmod part_msdos
        insmod ext2
        set root='(hd0,msdos2)'
        search --no-floppy --fs-uuid --set 469f5028-988c-4d8e-b107-0b42ff7af935
        linux16    /boot/memtest86+.bin console=ttyS0,115200n8
    }
    ### END /etc/grub.d/20_memtest86+ ###
    
    ### BEGIN /etc/grub.d/30_os-prober ###
    if [ "x${timeout}" != "x-1" ]; then
      if keystatus; then
        if keystatus --shift; then
          set timeout=-1
        else
          set timeout=0
        fi
      else
        if sleep --interruptible 3 ; then
          set timeout=0
        fi
      fi
    fi
    ### END /etc/grub.d/30_os-prober ###
    
    ### BEGIN /etc/grub.d/40_custom ###
    # This file provides an easy way to add custom menu entries.  Simply type the
    # menu entries you want to add after this comment.  Be careful not to change
    # the 'exec tail' line above.
    ### END /etc/grub.d/40_custom ###
    
    ### BEGIN /etc/grub.d/41_custom ###
    if [ -f  $prefix/custom.cfg ]; then
      source $prefix/custom.cfg;
    fi
    ### END /etc/grub.d/41_custom ###
    
    =============================== sda2/etc/fstab: ===============================
    
    # /etc/fstab: static file system information.
    #
    # Use 'blkid -o value -s UUID' to print the universally unique identifier
    # for a device; this may be used with UUID= as a more robust way to name
    # devices that works even if disks are added and removed. See fstab(5).
    #
    # <file system> <mount point>   <type>  <options>       <dump>  <pass>
    proc            /proc           proc    nodev,noexec,nosuid 0       0
    # / was on /dev/sda2 during installation
    UUID=469f5028-988c-4d8e-b107-0b42ff7af935 /               ext4    errors=remount-ro 0       1
    # swap was on /dev/sda5 during installation
    UUID=72f07cda-c209-412e-86a0-3c231351887c none            swap    sw              0       0
    
    =================== sda2: Location of files loaded by Grub: ===================
    
    
       9.0GB: boot/grub/core.img
       8.8GB: boot/grub/grub.cfg
       8.8GB: boot/grub/menu.lst
       1.1GB: boot/initrd.img-2.6.35-22-generic
       9.1GB: boot/vmlinuz-2.6.35-22-generic
       1.1GB: initrd.img
       9.1GB: vmlinuz
    =========================== Unknown MBRs/Boot Sectors/etc =======================
    
    Unknown BootLoader  on sda3
    
    00000000  33 c0 8e 4e 54 46 53 20  20 20 20 00 02 08 00 00  |3..NTFS    .....|
    00000010  00 00 00 00 00 f8 00 00  3f 00 ff 00 00 00 d6 01  |........?.......|
    00000020  00 00 00 00 7e 00 00 7c  af 52 2d 23 00 00 00 00  |....~..|.R-#....|
    00000030  00 00 0c 00 00 00 00 00  ff 2f 75 00 00 00 00 00  |........./u.....|
    00000040  f6 00 00 00 01 00 00 00  72 0f 81 fb 55 aa 75 09  |........r...U.u.|
    00000050  00 00 00 00 74 03 fe 46  10 66 60 80 7e 10 00 74  |....t..F.f`.~..t|
    00000060  26 66 68 00 00 00 00 66  ff 76 08 68 00 00 68 00  |&fh....f.v.h..h.|
    00000070  7c 68 01 00 68 10 00 b4  42 8a 56 00 8b f4 cd 13  ||h..h...B.V.....|
    00000080  9f 83 c4 10 9e eb 14 b8  01 02 bb 00 7c 8a 56 00  |............|.V.|
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    000000a0  4e 11 75 0c 80 7e 00 80  0f 84 8a 00 b2 80 eb 84  |N.u..~..........|
    000000b0  55 32 e4 8a 56 00 cd 13  5d eb 9e 81 3e fe 7d 55  |U2..V...]...>.}U|
    000000c0  aa 75 6e ff 76 00 e8 8d  00 75 17 fa b0 d1 e6 64  |.un.v....u.....d|
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    Re: Recover Windows with Testdisk?

    The boot sector is unknown, but the file system is reported correctly
    Code:
    /dev/sda3    *     30,801,920   620,974,767   590,172,848   7 HPFS/NTFS
    Does the Windows partition mount ok? Can you view its files?
    You also have a mixture of grub legacy and grub2 files which will not help things.
    MacBook Pro 10,1 retina

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    Re: Recover Windows with Testdisk?

    What version of Windows? If XP you can do all the repairs from Ubuntu except chkdsk which may also be required. You can use any windows repair CD to run chkdsk on any NTFS partition.

    Testdisk also has a function to recover backup boot sector or RebuildBS to fix a NTFS boot sector. If you have a full windows install but any of the 3 boot files are missing or corrupt you can copy them from the XP cd or from locations in the install.

    Restore PBR boot sector for windows from linux using testdisk
    http://sourceforge.net/apps/mediawik...ms:Boot_Sector

    How to fix XP when the boot files are missing & info on windows in logical partitions
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=813628
    missing boot files meieifra - post 10
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1241394
    For more info on UEFI boot install & repair - Regularly Updated :
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=2147295
    Please use Thread Tools above first post to change to [Solved] when/if answered completely.

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    Re: Recover Windows with Testdisk?

    I can view the files in testdisk but when I try to open the filesystem icon in Places it has a DELL, Python and a chkdsk folder in a System Volume Info folder but I cant view any of my main files(program files etc). Im running Windows 7 but Cant use the recovery disk because I dont have a cd drive. I have the option to boot from usb but cant load the ISO from linux.I restored the boot sector. Lol and how can i remove the grub legacy?
    Last edited by freshmeat20; January 26th, 2011 at 06:38 PM.

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    Re: Recover Windows with Testdisk?

    It may be better to try to recover that partition with testdisk, then look at oldfred's links.
    Depending on whether all of Windows boot files are present, it may be possible to get it booting without a Windows repair disc - possibly.
    oldfred also has a working Windows repair usb, I believe. He may be able to advise on that.
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    Re: Recover Windows with Testdisk?

    I did download the window repair CD from neo and tried to make a USB version of it from Ubuntu. I tried several ways to copy to USB, unetbootin, extract to USB, extract and try to repair to make it bootable, but the only one that worked was to create the CD and use the CD to copy to the USB with windows USB create commands.


    Use unetbootin to copy windows iso to partition and install:
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1480974

    Create Windows 7 USB
    http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/m.../dd535816.aspx
    http://store.microsoft.com/Help/ISO-Tool
    http://www.intowindows.com/how-to-in...working-guide/
    http://www.intowindows.com/how-to-re...tion-dvd-disc/

    If your PC did not come with a complete Vista or Win7 installation CD, you can download a Repair Disc at the following links:
    Windows Vista Disc - for repairs only
    http://neosmart.net/blog/2008/window...disc-download/
    Windows 7 Disc - for repairs only
    http://neosmart.net/blog/2009/window...-repair-discs/
    Vista/7 will not repair XP (they create the boot sectors differently) but can run chkdsk on any NTFS partition.
    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/927392
    For more info on UEFI boot install & repair - Regularly Updated :
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=2147295
    Please use Thread Tools above first post to change to [Solved] when/if answered completely.

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    Re: Recover Windows with Testdisk?

    Damn, theres no way to make the recovery USB in Ubuntu at all? I have no access to a Windows system...

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    Re: Recover Windows with Testdisk?

    Ok so I loaded the Windows 7 recovery disk via USB. But when I ran it it couldnt find my windows install. now when I try to boot the same recovery disk it says theres a BCD error. Would this have something to do with Windows not being recognized as an OS in my boot info script?

    Edit: The BCD error came up after attemping to repair the windows files?
    Last edited by freshmeat20; January 27th, 2011 at 12:30 AM.

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