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    Accidentally deleted a partition containing the OS...

    I am assuming I couldn't be the first one to do this, but by accident I deleted the wrong partition and am stuck turning my laptop on only to start GRUB and possibly go into rescue mode... which does nothing it seems. Then again I am new to this and should not have been messing with it in the first place. How can I go back to windows 7?

    Looking at previous posts about this already I will note some things...
    1) I used the full hdd
    2) I did not have a recovery disk beforehand as I didn't care for anything on the laptop (wasnt thinking about the OS though)
    - Downloaded windows 7 and created a disc though just in case
    3) followed a thread http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.p...d+partition+OS... to fix bootloader and to get out of GRUB
    " - bootrec.exe /fixboot
    bootrec.exe /fixmbr
    • Now close the two windows and click "Restart." Take out your Windows DVD and hopefully, you will be left with your Windows bootloader."

    That worked but I restarted it and it almost went into a dual boot like state where I could pick between debian and windows 7. I choose windows 7 went to the disk I made which shows 0MB partitioned (there is 3 gigs worth of stuff on that CD I don't get it?) Clicked continue anyway just to see what would happen. went into startup repair and it said "Startup repair cannot repair this computer automatically"

    Problem Signature:
    Problem Event Name: StartupRepairOffline
    Problem Signature 01: 6.1.7600.16385
    Problem Signature 02: 6.1.7600.16385
    Problem Signature 03: unknown
    Problem Signature 04: -1
    Problem Signature 05: ExternalMedia
    Problem Signature 06: 1
    Problem Signature 07: CorruptBootConfigData
    OS Version: 6.1.7600.2.0.0.256.1
    Locale ID: 1033

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    Re: Accidentally deleted a partition containing the OS...

    Moved to Other OS, since not Ubuntu issues.

    If booting an install disk on a DVD or flash drive, you boot that from BIOS, not from a boot loader (normally).
    Oldfred on vacation. Back Sept 9. Will not have much if any Internet access.
    For info on UEFI boot install & repair:
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=2147295
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    Re: Accidentally deleted a partition containing the OS...

    Quote Originally Posted by kris10 View Post
    Looking at previous posts about this already I will note some things...
    1) I used the full hdd
    You got problems then.

    Your best bet is to image the drive using gnuddrescue and then to see what you can recover from the image file using tools like testdisk/photorecord etc.

    If you don;t have any valuable data to recover I would say just reinstall windows.

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