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lightdt
April 27th, 2011, 08:40 PM
l got 2 hdd's in a Toshiba Qosmio g30 laptop.

Its my first time installing linex and i think I picked the hdd no.2 to install Ubuntu (am not sure because Ubuntu CD software gave me a chose between 2 identical drives similar names and no)

after restart and ejecting the Ubuntu CD. Nothing booted up, no windows Xp or Ubuntu beside some command prompt with listing but its not booting up. only thing that worked there is memo test thing.

So I try the Ubuntu Cd again but this time install on the opposite hdd then the one before which now works.

Now I have a working Ubuntu but cant find the option to load/boot Windows XP.

I need help as so far i dont know how to get rid off the non working Ubuntu on hdd no.2 and how to recover my windows XP. am afraid if I try to fix it anymore will cause it more harm.

I really wanted duel boots and still do, please help.

oldfred
April 27th, 2011, 09:13 PM
Welcome to the forum.

From liveCD post this, so we can see what is where:

Boot Info Script courtesy of forum members meierfra & Gert Hulselmans
Page with instructions and download:
http://bootinfoscript.sourceforge.net/
Paste results.txt in a New Reply, then highlight entire file and click on # in edit panel(code tags) to make it easier to read.
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lightdt
April 28th, 2011, 09:29 AM
Boot Info Script 0.55 dated February 15th, 2010

============================= Boot Info Summary: ==============================

=> Grub 2 is installed in the MBR of /dev/sda and looks on the same drive in
partition #5 for (,msdos5)/boot/grub.
=> Windows is installed in the MBR of /dev/sdb

sda1: __________________________________________________ _______________________

File system: ext4
Boot sector type: -
Boot sector info:
Operating System: Ubuntu 10.10
Boot files/dirs: /boot/grub/grub.cfg /etc/fstab /boot/grub/core.img

sda2: __________________________________________________ _______________________

File system: Extended Partition
Boot sector type: Unknown
Boot sector info:

sda5: __________________________________________________ _______________________

File system: swap
Boot sector type: -
Boot sector info:

sdb1: __________________________________________________ _______________________

File system: ntfs
Boot sector type: Windows XP
Boot sector info: No errors found in the Boot Parameter Block.
Operating System:
Boot files/dirs:

sdb2: __________________________________________________ _______________________

File system: Extended Partition
Boot sector type: Unknown
Boot sector info:

sdb5: __________________________________________________ _______________________

File system: ext4
Boot sector type: -
Boot sector info:
Operating System: Ubuntu 10.10
Boot files/dirs: /boot/grub/grub.cfg /etc/fstab /boot/grub/core.img

sdb6: __________________________________________________ _______________________

File system: swap
Boot sector type: -
Boot sector info:

=========================== Drive/Partition Info: =============================

Drive: sda ___________________ __________________________________________________ ___

Disk /dev/sda: 120.0 GB, 120034123776 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 14593 cylinders, total 234441648 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 * 2,048 224,827,391 224,825,344 83 Linux
/dev/sda2 224,829,438 234,440,703 9,611,266 5 Extended
/dev/sda5 224,829,440 234,440,703 9,611,264 82 Linux swap / Solaris


Drive: sdb ___________________ __________________________________________________ ___

Disk /dev/sdb: 120.0 GB, 120034123776 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 14593 cylinders, total 234441648 sectors
Units = sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes
Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes

Partition Boot Start End Size Id System

/dev/sdb1 63 134,817,643 134,817,581 7 HPFS/NTFS
/dev/sdb2 134,817,790 234,440,703 99,622,914 5 Extended
/dev/sdb5 134,817,792 230,275,071 95,457,280 83 Linux
/dev/sdb6 230,277,120 234,440,703 4,163,584 82 Linux swap / Solaris


blkid -c /dev/null: __________________________________________________ __________

Device UUID TYPE LABEL

/dev/sda1 9f1a2d98-9c22-427a-83a8-0ee48a8337a5 ext4
/dev/sda2: PTTYPE="dos"
/dev/sda5 7504ccbd-b274-4fa8-b99b-da393aa49aec swap
/dev/sda: PTTYPE="dos"
/dev/sdb1 807C847D7C846FA8 ntfs
/dev/sdb2: PTTYPE="dos"
/dev/sdb5 22d2d6c6-887d-49e4-a67d-b776eeff7985 ext4
/dev/sdb6 5d78a296-0875-480b-a2a8-0173b759130e swap
/dev/sdb: PTTYPE="dos"

============================ "mount | grep ^/dev output: ===========================

Device Mount_Point Type Options

/dev/sda1 / ext4 (rw,errors=remount-ro,commit=0)


=========================== sda1/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,msdos1)'
search --no-floppy --fs-uuid --set 9f1a2d98-9c22-427a-83a8-0ee48a8337a5
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,msdos1)'
search --no-floppy --fs-uuid --set 9f1a2d98-9c22-427a-83a8-0ee48a8337a5
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 2.6.35-28-generic-pae' --class ubuntu --class gnu-linux --class gnu --class os {
recordfail
insmod part_msdos
insmod ext2
set root='(hd0,msdos1)'
search --no-floppy --fs-uuid --set 9f1a2d98-9c22-427a-83a8-0ee48a8337a5
linux /boot/vmlinuz-2.6.35-28-generic-pae root=UUID=9f1a2d98-9c22-427a-83a8-0ee48a8337a5 ro quiet splash
initrd /boot/initrd.img-2.6.35-28-generic-pae
}
menuentry 'Ubuntu, with Linux 2.6.35-28-generic-pae (recovery mode)' --class ubuntu --class gnu-linux --class gnu --class os {
recordfail
insmod part_msdos
insmod ext2
set root='(hd0,msdos1)'
search --no-floppy --fs-uuid --set 9f1a2d98-9c22-427a-83a8-0ee48a8337a5
echo 'Loading Linux 2.6.35-28-generic-pae ...'
linux /boot/vmlinuz-2.6.35-28-generic-pae root=UUID=9f1a2d98-9c22-427a-83a8-0ee48a8337a5 ro single
echo 'Loading initial ramdisk ...'
initrd /boot/initrd.img-2.6.35-28-generic-pae
}
### 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,msdos1)'
search --no-floppy --fs-uuid --set 9f1a2d98-9c22-427a-83a8-0ee48a8337a5
linux16 /boot/memtest86+.bin
}
menuentry "Memory test (memtest86+, serial console 115200)" {
insmod part_msdos
insmod ext2
set root='(hd0,msdos1)'
search --no-floppy --fs-uuid --set 9f1a2d98-9c22-427a-83a8-0ee48a8337a5
linux16 /boot/memtest86+.bin console=ttyS0,115200n8
}
### END /etc/grub.d/20_memtest86+ ###

### BEGIN /etc/grub.d/30_os-prober ###
menuentry "Ubuntu, with Linux 2.6.35-28-generic-pae (on /dev/sdb5)" {
insmod part_msdos
insmod ext2
set root='(hd1,msdos5)'
search --no-floppy --fs-uuid --set 22d2d6c6-887d-49e4-a67d-b776eeff7985
linux /boot/vmlinuz-2.6.35-28-generic-pae root=UUID=22d2d6c6-887d-49e4-a67d-b776eeff7985 ro quiet splash
initrd /boot/initrd.img-2.6.35-28-generic-pae
}
menuentry "Ubuntu, with Linux 2.6.35-28-generic-pae (recovery mode) (on /dev/sdb5)" {
insmod part_msdos
insmod ext2
set root='(hd1,msdos5)'
search --no-floppy --fs-uuid --set 22d2d6c6-887d-49e4-a67d-b776eeff7985
linux /boot/vmlinuz-2.6.35-28-generic-pae root=UUID=22d2d6c6-887d-49e4-a67d-b776eeff7985 ro single
initrd /boot/initrd.img-2.6.35-28-generic-pae
}
### 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 ###

=============================== sda1/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
/dev/sda1 / ext4 errors=remount-ro 0 1
# swap was on /dev/sda5 during installation
UUID=7504ccbd-b274-4fa8-b99b-da393aa49aec none swap sw 0 0

=================== sda1: Location of files loaded by Grub: ===================


111.8GB: boot/grub/core.img
60.2GB: boot/grub/grub.cfg
.9GB: boot/initrd.img-2.6.35-28-generic-pae
111.8GB: boot/vmlinuz-2.6.35-28-generic-pae
.9GB: initrd.img
111.8GB: vmlinuz

=========================== sdb5/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='(hd1,msdos5)'
search --no-floppy --fs-uuid --set 22d2d6c6-887d-49e4-a67d-b776eeff7985
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='(hd1,msdos5)'
search --no-floppy --fs-uuid --set 22d2d6c6-887d-49e4-a67d-b776eeff7985
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 2.6.35-28-generic-pae' --class ubuntu --class gnu-linux --class gnu --class os {
recordfail
insmod part_msdos
insmod ext2
set root='(hd1,msdos5)'
search --no-floppy --fs-uuid --set 22d2d6c6-887d-49e4-a67d-b776eeff7985
linux /boot/vmlinuz-2.6.35-28-generic-pae root=UUID=22d2d6c6-887d-49e4-a67d-b776eeff7985 ro quiet splash
initrd /boot/initrd.img-2.6.35-28-generic-pae
}
menuentry 'Ubuntu, with Linux 2.6.35-28-generic-pae (recovery mode)' --class ubuntu --class gnu-linux --class gnu --class os {
recordfail
insmod part_msdos
insmod ext2
set root='(hd1,msdos5)'
search --no-floppy --fs-uuid --set 22d2d6c6-887d-49e4-a67d-b776eeff7985
echo 'Loading Linux 2.6.35-28-generic-pae ...'
linux /boot/vmlinuz-2.6.35-28-generic-pae root=UUID=22d2d6c6-887d-49e4-a67d-b776eeff7985 ro single
echo 'Loading initial ramdisk ...'
initrd /boot/initrd.img-2.6.35-28-generic-pae
}
### 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='(hd1,msdos5)'
search --no-floppy --fs-uuid --set 22d2d6c6-887d-49e4-a67d-b776eeff7985
linux16 /boot/memtest86+.bin
}
menuentry "Memory test (memtest86+, serial console 115200)" {
insmod part_msdos
insmod ext2
set root='(hd1,msdos5)'
search --no-floppy --fs-uuid --set 22d2d6c6-887d-49e4-a67d-b776eeff7985
linux16 /boot/memtest86+.bin console=ttyS0,115200n8
}
### END /etc/grub.d/20_memtest86+ ###

### BEGIN /etc/grub.d/30_os-prober ###
menuentry "Ubuntu, with Linux 2.6.35-28-generic-pae (on /dev/sda1)" {
insmod part_msdos
insmod ext2
set root='(hd0,msdos1)'
search --no-floppy --fs-uuid --set 9f1a2d98-9c22-427a-83a8-0ee48a8337a5
linux /boot/vmlinuz-2.6.35-28-generic-pae root=UUID=9f1a2d98-9c22-427a-83a8-0ee48a8337a5 ro quiet splash
initrd /boot/initrd.img-2.6.35-28-generic-pae
}
menuentry "Ubuntu, with Linux 2.6.35-28-generic-pae (recovery mode) (on /dev/sda1)" {
insmod part_msdos
insmod ext2
set root='(hd0,msdos1)'
search --no-floppy --fs-uuid --set 9f1a2d98-9c22-427a-83a8-0ee48a8337a5
linux /boot/vmlinuz-2.6.35-28-generic-pae root=UUID=9f1a2d98-9c22-427a-83a8-0ee48a8337a5 ro single
initrd /boot/initrd.img-2.6.35-28-generic-pae
}
### 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 ###

=============================== sdb5/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/sdb5 during installation
UUID=22d2d6c6-887d-49e4-a67d-b776eeff7985 / ext4 errors=remount-ro 0 1
# swap was on /dev/sdb6 during installation
UUID=5d78a296-0875-480b-a2a8-0173b759130e none swap sw 0 0

=================== sdb5: Location of files loaded by Grub: ===================


75.6GB: boot/grub/core.img
95.1GB: boot/grub/grub.cfg
91.3GB: boot/initrd.img-2.6.35-28-generic-pae
75.6GB: boot/vmlinuz-2.6.35-28-generic-pae
91.3GB: initrd.img
75.6GB: vmlinuz
=========================== Unknown MBRs/Boot Sectors/etc =======================

Unknown BootLoader on sda2

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00000010 79 bd 44 d4 57 53 72 fa 55 89 c0 c0 73 5f 2e 26 |y.D.WSr.U...s_.&|
00000020 b1 d5 bc 2c 0f eb 6a d2 8d a1 38 18 2b f7 26 fe |...,..j...8.+.&.|
00000030 e9 ed 34 84 c7 83 62 aa c5 b9 b0 70 e3 8f 1e d6 |..4...b....p....|
00000040 21 05 ac dc 7f 1b 5a 82 fd d1 28 c8 9b 27 16 ae |!.....Z...(..'..|
00000050 59 1d 24 34 37 b3 52 5a 35 e9 a0 20 53 bf 0e 86 |Y.$47.RZ5.. S...|
00000060 91 35 9c 8c ef 4b 4a 32 6d 01 18 78 0b 57 06 5e |.5...KJ2m..x.W.^|
00000070 c9 4d 14 e4 a7 e3 42 0a a5 19 90 d0 c3 ef fe 36 |.M....B........6|
00000080 01 65 8c 3c 5f 7b 3a e2 dd 31 08 28 7b 87 f6 0e |.e.<_{:..1.({...|
00000090 39 7d 04 94 17 13 32 ba 15 49 80 80 33 1f ee e6 |9}....2..I..3...|
000000a0 71 95 7c ec cf ab 2a 92 4d 61 f8 d8 eb b7 e6 be |q.|...*.Ma......|
000000b0 a9 ad f4 44 87 43 22 6a 85 79 70 30 a3 4f de 96 |...D.C"j.yp0.O..|
000000c0 e1 c5 6c 9c 3f db 1a 42 bd 91 e8 88 5b e7 d6 6e |..l.?..B....[..n|
000000d0 19 dd e4 f4 f7 73 12 1a f5 a9 60 e0 13 7f ce 46 |.....s....`....F|
000000e0 51 f5 5c 4c af 0b 0a f2 2d c1 d8 38 cb 17 c6 1e |Q.\L....-..8....|
000000f0 89 0d d4 a4 67 a3 02 ca 65 d9 50 90 83 af be f6 |....g...e.P.....|
00000100 c1 25 4c fc 1f 3b fa a2 9d f1 c8 e8 3b 47 b6 ce |.%L..;......;G..|
00000110 f9 3d c4 54 d7 d3 f2 7a d5 09 40 40 f3 df ae a6 |.=.T...z..@@....|
00000120 31 55 3c ac 8f 6b ea 52 0d 21 b8 98 ab 77 a6 7e |1U<..k.R.!...w.~|
00000130 69 6d b4 04 47 03 e2 2a 45 39 30 f0 63 0f 9e 56 |im..G..*E90.c..V|
00000140 a1 85 2c 5c ff 9b da 02 7d 51 a8 48 1b a7 96 2e |..,\....}Q.H....|
00000150 d9 9d a4 b4 b7 33 d2 da b5 69 20 a0 d3 3f 8e 06 |.....3...i ..?..|
00000160 11 b5 1c 0c 6f cb ca b2 ed 81 98 f8 8b d7 86 de |....o...........|
00000170 49 cd 94 64 27 63 c2 8a 25 99 10 50 43 6f 7e b6 |I..d'c..%..PCo~.|
00000180 81 e5 0c bc df fb ba 62 5d b1 88 a8 fb 07 76 8e |.......b].....v.|
00000190 b9 fd 84 14 97 93 b2 3a 95 c9 00 00 b3 9f 6e 66 |.......:......nf|
000001a0 f1 15 fc 6c 4f 2b aa 12 cd e1 78 58 6b 37 66 3e |...lO+....xXk7f>|
000001b0 29 2d 74 c4 07 c3 a2 ea 05 f9 f0 b0 23 cf 00 fe |)-t.........#...|
000001c0 ff ff 82 fe ff ff 02 00 00 00 00 a8 92 00 00 00 |................|
000001d0 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 |................|
*
000001f0 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 55 aa |..............U.|
00000200

Unknown BootLoader on sdb2

00000000 b9 fd 84 14 97 93 b2 3a 95 c9 00 00 b3 9f 6e 66 |.......:......nf|
00000010 f1 15 fc 6c 4f 2b aa 12 cd e1 78 58 6b 37 66 3e |...lO+....xXk7f>|
00000020 29 2d 74 c4 07 c3 a2 ea 05 f9 f0 b0 23 cf 5e 16 |)-t.........#.^.|
00000030 61 45 ec 1c bf 5b 9a c2 3d 11 68 08 db 67 56 ee |aE...[..=.h..gV.|
00000040 99 5d 64 74 77 f3 92 9a 75 29 e0 60 93 ff 4e c6 |.]dtw...u).`..N.|
00000050 d1 75 dc cc 2f 8b 8a 72 ad 41 58 b8 4b 97 46 9e |.u../..r.AX.K.F.|
00000060 09 8d 54 24 e7 23 82 4a e5 59 d0 10 03 2f 3e 76 |..T$.#.J.Y.../>v|
00000070 41 a5 cc 7c 9f bb 7a 22 1d 71 48 68 bb c7 36 4e |A..|..z".qHh..6N|
00000080 79 bd 44 d4 57 53 72 fa 55 89 c0 c0 73 5f 2e 26 |y.D.WSr.U...s_.&|
00000090 b1 d5 bc 2c 0f eb 6a d2 8d a1 38 18 2b f7 26 fe |...,..j...8.+.&.|
000000a0 e9 ed 34 84 c7 83 62 aa c5 b9 b0 70 e3 8f 1e d6 |..4...b....p....|
000000b0 21 05 ac dc 7f 1b 5a 82 fd d1 28 c8 9b 27 16 ae |!.....Z...(..'..|
000000c0 59 1d 24 34 37 b3 52 5a 35 e9 a0 20 53 bf 0e 86 |Y.$47.RZ5.. S...|
000000d0 91 35 9c 8c ef 4b 4a 32 6d 01 18 78 0b 57 06 5e |.5...KJ2m..x.W.^|
000000e0 c9 4d 14 e4 a7 e3 42 0a a5 19 90 d0 c3 ef fe 36 |.M....B........6|
000000f0 01 65 8c 3c 5f 7b 3a e2 dd 31 08 28 7b 87 f6 0e |.e.<_{:..1.({...|
00000100 39 7d 04 94 17 13 32 ba 15 49 80 80 33 1f ee e6 |9}....2..I..3...|
00000110 71 95 7c ec cf ab 2a 92 4d 61 f8 d8 eb b7 e6 be |q.|...*.Ma......|
00000120 a9 ad f4 44 87 43 22 6a 85 79 70 30 a3 4f de 96 |...D.C"j.yp0.O..|
00000130 e1 c5 6c 9c 3f db 1a 42 bd 91 e8 88 5b e7 d6 6e |..l.?..B....[..n|
00000140 19 dd e4 f4 f7 73 12 1a f5 a9 60 e0 13 7f ce 46 |.....s....`....F|
00000150 51 f5 5c 4c af 0b 0a f2 2d c1 d8 38 cb 17 c6 1e |Q.\L....-..8....|
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oldfred
April 28th, 2011, 05:10 PM
It looks like you installed Ubuntu twice. Once to the entire drive sda and to partition sdb5 with a NTFS partition sdb1. But the sdb1 partition has no boot files and looks just like a data partition.

The windows boot loader is in the MBR of sdb but without any boot files and sdb1, it will not boot. Using Nautilus file browers do you see a windows install in sdb1 or just what was some of your data.

A XP bootable partition should look like this in boot script:


sda1: ______________________

File system: ntfs
Boot sector type: Windows XP
Boot sector info: No errors found in the Boot Parameter Block.
Operating System: Windows XP
Boot files/dirs: /boot.ini /ntldr /NTDETECT.COM

lightdt
April 28th, 2011, 06:31 PM
yea I installed twice, had no choice.

Using the Nautilus I cant find any folder or file called sdb1, how do i get there? I dont recognize any files on the first main hdd but I have found my documents (vids,music,stuff) on the the hdd2.

is it possible that XP partition section got written over by ubuntu install on hdd1.

If so, I still have the Toshiba reformat CD if all hope fail.

I don't know much about Partitions at all.


any suggestions is really appreciated

oldfred
April 28th, 2011, 07:07 PM
Basics of partitions:
https://help.ubuntu.com/community/HowtoPartition

If your important data was in the sdb NTFS partition you are lucky. But if you had any vital data you may be able to recover some of it. Ubuntu is not large and has overwritten only part of sda. testdisk's photorec may be able to recover some data, but it is a long process and the files do not have names, just extensions as all data linking filenames to locations on drives is gone.

Your vendor recovery CD/DVD may work. IfSo just a cd it may want to find the recovery partition on your hard drive which is also gone.

Some windows backup tool suggestions. You should always have good backups before making system changes.
Backup windows before install - post by Mark Phelps
http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1626990
http://www.macrium.com/reflectfree.asp
Another suggestion by srs5694
http://www.runtime.org/driveimage-xml.htm

Testdisk & photorec
http://www.cgsecurity.org/wiki/PhotoRec
http://www.psychocats.net/ubuntucat/recoverdeletedfiles/
How to recover lost files after you accidentally wipe your hard drive
http://www.linux.com/archive/feed/56588

If installing Ubuntu to a second drive, this is a good source. Not as complex as it may look as Herman has lots of detail and explains many things.
Installing Ubuntu in Hard Disk Two (or more) internal or external
http://members.iinet.net.au/~herman546/p24.html

lightdt
April 28th, 2011, 10:05 PM
Thanks for all your help the links are comprehensive.

I should have read more about it I guess.

I'll start reformatting tomorrow morning and then reattempt to install Ubuntu on second hdd


/peace