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    invalid partition table (no os now)

    hi all , i had ubuntu on my pc , and i was trying windows xp beside ubuntu ,
    - i had c ,d partitions (c) for windows copy , (d) for my data and the two partition for ubuntu , one for the system and the other for swap space

    - when i tried to install xp on c partition after formatting it , i got this error (invalid partition table

    i deleted (c) partition , and made it again from the unpartitioned space , and the error still exist ,
    - i deleted all partitions (ubuntu partition , swap partition , (c) partition ) , and now i do not have anything on my hard disk except the (d) partition for my data , and the rest of my hd is unpartitioned space , and i can not install xp , which is the osi wanna install

    help quickly , please

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    Re: invalid partition table (no os now)

    thanks for your prompt reply , but i am sorry you did not get ,

    i have no operating system now , just my data on d partition

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    Re: invalid partition table (no os now)

    Quote Originally Posted by eslam elbyaly View Post
    thanks for your prompt reply , but i am sorry you did not get ,

    i have no operating system now , just my data on d partition
    Boot a live ubuntu cd take a screenshot of gparted and post it using the paper clip in the reply panel.

    You mention no extended partition and over four partitions.





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    Re: invalid partition table (no os now)

    Boot the ubuntu cd in live mode, open terminal and post the output of:
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    sudo fdisk -l
    sudo parted /dev/sda print
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    Re: invalid partition table (no os now)

    what would these comands do
    sudo fdisk -l sudo parted /dev/sda print
    would it enable me to install the xp ?

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    Re: invalid partition table (no os now)

    It would print the partitions on the disk with two different programs (fdisk and parted), so we can have a look at them.

    Otherwise, this sounds like general error, not related to ubuntu. If you can copy the data from D: to another external disk, you can start all over.

    Which program did you use to initially create your partitions, some tool from ubuntu or...?
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    Re: invalid partition table (no os now)

    i have used windows cd to make windows partitions c and d

    and when i installed ubuntu , used ubuntu itself to make its partitions too

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    Re: invalid partition table (no os now)

    excuse me please ,
    can i just put the ubuntu cd in my drive , then just try it and use the terminal to type these commands (fdisk .......), or do i have to make complete installation ?

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    Re: invalid partition table (no os now)

    Quote Originally Posted by eslam elbyaly View Post
    excuse me please ,
    can i just put the ubuntu cd in my drive , then just try it and use the terminal to type these commands (fdisk .......), or do i have to make complete installation ?
    Correct, use Try Ubuntu, when it loads the live desktop open terminal and run them.
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