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    Help! i cant find windows!

    I am currently running the Live CD and i am a COMPLETE n00b when it comes to partitions, bootloaders, and all that...

    someone please help me! is everything gone? or can i just not access it...

    here is some info from gparted:

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    GParted 0.3.5
    
    Libparted 1.7.1
    
    Check and repair filesystem (fat16) on /dev/sda1  00:00    ( ERROR )
         	
    calibrate /dev/sda1  00:00    ( SUCCES )
         	
    path: /dev/sda1
    start: 63
    end: 153244034
    size: 153243972 (73.07 GiB)
    check filesystem on /dev/sda1 for errors and (if possible) fix them  00:00    ( SUCCES )
         	
    dosfsck -a -w -v /dev/sda1
         	
    dosfsck 2.11 (12 Mar 2005)
    dosfsck 2.11, 12 Mar 2005, FAT32, LFN
    Checking we can access the last sector of the filesystem
    Boot sector contents:
    System ID "Dell 8.0"
    Media byte 0xf8 (hard disk)
    512 bytes per logical sector
    2048 bytes per cluster
    1 reserved sector
    First FAT starts at byte 512 (sector 1)
    2 FATs, 16 bit entries
    40448 bytes per FAT (= 79 sectors)
    Root directory starts at byte 81408 (sector 159)
    512 root directory entries
    Data area starts at byte 97792 (sector 191)
    20017 data clusters (40994816 bytes)
    63 sectors/track, 255 heads
    63 hidden sectors
    80262 sectors total
    Reclaiming unconnected clusters.
    /dev/sda1: 87 files, 3872/20017 clusters
    grow filesystem to fill the partition  00:00    ( ERROR )
         	
    using libparted
    libparted messages    ( INFO )
         	
    File system doesn't have expected sizes for Windows to like it. Cluster size is 2k (1k expected); number of clusters is 20017 (39957 expected); size of FATs is 79 sectors (157 expected).
    Thanks in advance, everyone...

    -Mike

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    Re: Help! i cant find windows!

    Hi. Windows should be on the first partition, if more than one, and its own bootloader is on the mbr. What you do is to create a new partition with gparted (at least 10gb) and overwrite the mbr with grub, so you can dualboot. Grub will detect other os upon installation, let it get installed on the mbr, though ist config files will be stored on the ubuntu partition, and be configured by itself. Don't be afraid of wrecking windows, as far as you don't overwrite it. Use the manual partition and select the one you create for ubuntu.

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    Re: Help! i cant find windows!

    TestDisk - http://www.cgsecurity.org/wiki/TestDisk

    If you accidently delete your partition.

    Bootable live CD. I accidently deleted a rather important partition on an external drive, and had that moment of creeping horror as I realized what I did.

    This fixed it.

    Like magic.

    If I saw a developer I'd kiss them.

    "TestDisk is a powerful free data recovery software! It was primarily designed to help recover lost partitions and/or make non-booting disks bootable again when these symptoms are caused by faulty software, certain types of viruses or human error (such as accidentally deleting a Partition Table). Partition table recovery using TestDisk is really easy."

    TestDisk can

    Fix partition table, recover deleted partition
    Recover FAT32 boot sector from its backup
    Rebuild FAT12/FAT16/FAT32 boot sector
    Fix FAT tables
    Rebuild NTFS boot sector
    Recover NTFS boot sector from its backup
    Fix MFT using MFT mirror
    Locate ext2/ext3 Backup SuperBlock
    Undelete files from FAT filesystem
    Copy files from deleted FAT, NTFS and ext2/ext3 partitions.

    TestDisk has features for both novices and experts. For those who know little or nothing about data recovery techniques, TestDisk can be used to collect detailed information about a non-booting drive which can then be sent to a tech for further analysis. Those more familiar with such procedures should find TestDisk a handy tool in performing onsite recovery.
    Last edited by BurkDP; August 31st, 2008 at 10:08 PM. Reason: added more description/shameless plugging

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    Re: Help! i cant find windows!

    is it windows vista?

    if so it may not display the partition as vista maintains its own partition table outside of the MBR
    If Windows did not break, i would be out of a job...

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    Re: Help! i cant find windows!

    I'm still new myself, but I was running it under Vista to recover a partition on an external drive that I had partitioned/formatted/and then accidently deleted with Vista so it might work. I guess. I dunno. Can't hurt to try...as long as you don't get too overeager hitting the write changes button.

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    Re: Help! i cant find windows!

    i was running XP... im going to give this a try... i'll keep you all updated, thank you so much!

    -Mike

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    Re: Help! i cant find windows!

    ok, i guess im more of a n00b than i thought...

    if im running ubuntu, do i download Linux, kernel 2.6.x i386/x86_64, tar.bz2 or
    Linux, kernel 2.4.x i386/x86_64, tar.bz2 ??

    and once i download them, i have NO idea what to do with them... HELP!

    -Mike

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    Re: Help! i cant find windows!

    It just might be easier to burn and run the live CD. There should be instructions on burning an .iso on the wiki. I don't know to to much about using the program, but I would think if you're messing with your boot disk it'd be better to run the live CD.

    If you really want to install the binaries, you know in case you need to rescue another external disk, type

    uname -r

    into the terminal. It should print something like "2.6.24-19-generic".

    And sorry if this is a little late - the subscription email update never came.

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    Re: Help! i cant find windows!

    Well, after looking at the download page it turns out the package is in the repository... eheheheh...and here I was so proud of myself for figuring out how to compile it when the given instructions didn't work...

    Ubuntu packages search for "testdisk"

    So just fire up synaptic or sudo apt-get install testdisk.


    But still, here's a good Live rescue CD. I'd still think this would be the way to go if your Windows partition is on the same Hard Drive that you're running linux from.

    Ubuntu Rescue Remix

    It boots to a console but just type in "testdisk". It's easy enough to use.

    BTW, TestDisk always installs with it's companion program Photorec which is for getting deleted images off of a camera memory card.
    Last edited by BurkDP; September 2nd, 2008 at 04:52 AM.

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    Re: Help! i cant find windows!

    Quote Originally Posted by dwid717 View Post
    ok, i guess im more of a n00b than i thought...

    if im running ubuntu, do i download Linux, kernel 2.6.x i386/x86_64, tar.bz2 or
    Linux, kernel 2.4.x i386/x86_64, tar.bz2 ??

    and once i download them, i have NO idea what to do with them... HELP!

    -Mike
    We need to know your architechture. Firstly, don't bother with 2.4.X for anything. It's not really used anymore. 2.6 has the latest editions. Anyway, do you know if your computer has a 64bit processor? It would usually say it on the front of the box.
    Post back with if it's a 64 bit, info on your processor, or whatever data you can come up with and I'll see if I can help.
    We need to know your architechture, because processors can either be 32 bit or 64 bit. Mixing the kernel with the wrong architechture is just not going to work.

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