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    Exclamation Windows (2nd) Partition resized; won't boot

    Hello Ubuntu Pros,

    I'm in a bind. I have UBUNTU installed on my first primary partition and Vista on another partition. I rarely use it, but occasionally one of my graduate courses will require some software that just won't work right on Ubuntu. Don't wanna run a Virtual Machine, and Wine has limited capabilities... so, Vista lives on in the recesses of my mind and my machine. Anyway, I didn't alot enough space on the Vista partition to install any of the aforementioned school-related programs, and I need to resize it. I followed all the directions from the following website to the letter of the law: http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/windo...#comment-70422

    Everything worked fine except for that repair your Windows installation part. It hasn't worked and I'd hate to have to reinstall Windows. If I do, I may as well do EVERYTHING (maybe I can make a recovery CD that includes all my current data?) so that I can dual boot using the two sniffy buttons on my Dell XPS M1530. Anyway, I DON'T want to go to all the hassle. Anyway I can fix my Vista install without the mess???? I appreciate your help!

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    Re: Windows (2nd) Partition resized; won't boot

    What kind of problems are you running into? Can you just not boot into windows any longer? If you google Ubuntu Windows Grub, there are a ton of articles out there describing how to add Windows to grub and get it working again.

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    Re: Windows (2nd) Partition resized; won't boot

    Try this:

    Download the testdisk-6.10.linux26.tar.bz2 package to your desktop, and then do:

    Code:
    cd ~/Desktop
    tar xvf testdisk-6.10.linux26.tar.bz2
    sudo testdisk-6.10/linux/testdisk_static /dev/sda
    Choose "proceed" on the first screen, then
    "intel"
    "advanced",
    Select the Windows partition and choose
    "boot"
    "RebuildBS"
    "Write"

    then press "q" a few times to quit testdisk, reboot and see whether you can boot into Windows.
    (If it does not give you an option to "write", it means that the original and rebuild boot sector are identical, and testdisk RebuildBS won't be able to solve your problem)
    Last edited by meierfra.; April 16th, 2009 at 02:44 AM.

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    Re: Windows (2nd) Partition resized; won't boot

    Quote Originally Posted by meierfra. View Post
    Try this:

    Download the testdisk-6.10.linux26.tar.bz2 package to your desktop, and then do:

    Code:
    cd ~/Desktop
    tar xvf testdisk-6.10.linux26.tar.bz2
    sudo testdisk-6.10/linux/testdisk_static /dev/sda
    Choose "proceed" on the first screen, then
    "intel"
    "advanced",
    Select the Windows partition and choose
    "boot"
    "RebuildBS"
    "Write"

    then press "q" a few times to quit testdisk, reboot and see whether you can boot into Windows.
    (If it does not give you an option to "write", it means that the original and rebuild boot sector are identical, and testdisk RebuildBS won't be able to solve your problem)
    This worked perfectly. Thanks so much! (I'd officially give you thanks, but for some reason that option isn't appearing. Have they gotten rid of it in the forum?)

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    Re: Windows (2nd) Partition resized; won't boot

    Code:
    This worked perfectly.
    Great.

    Have they gotten rid of it in the forum?
    Yes. A couple of months ago, the forums had serious problems with their data base. And the "thank you" button was one of the things which caused the problems.
    Last edited by meierfra.; April 16th, 2009 at 06:15 PM.

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    Re: Windows (2nd) Partition resized; won't boot

    PeregrinGo,
    Did you use a GParted LiveCD to partition your hard disk before you discovered this problem, or do you think the problem came from GParted in Ubuntu?
    What version of GParted did you use?

    Thanks for any information,
    Regards, Herman
    Ubuntu user since 2004 (Warty Warthog)

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    Talking Re: Windows (2nd) Partition resized; won't boot

    I used the GParted Live CD. Thankfully, the fix above solved my problem.

    Quote Originally Posted by Herman View Post
    PeregrinGo,
    Did you use a GParted LiveCD to partition your hard disk before you discovered this problem, or do you think the problem came from GParted in Ubuntu?
    What version of GParted did you use?

    Thanks for any information,
    Regards, Herman

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    Re: Windows (2nd) Partition resized; won't boot

    I see. Well, thanks anyway. I'm so glad I didn't have to start from 0. Once you get accustomed to working with a certain configuration, it's such a pain to try and recoup it without the aid on an .iso.

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    Re: Windows (2nd) Partition resized; won't boot

    Thank you very much for your kind co-operation, that news is important to me and it's what I was hoping for.
    Nearly all booting errors are easily fixed, thanks to people like meierfra who are such a great help here in Ubuntu Web Forums.
    No-one wants to have to go to all the work of re-installing an operating system. It can take days to get everything all installed, restored and personalized and customized and tweaked the way the user likes it.

    Your feedback will help me decide how to edit my website appropriately.

    Thanks again,
    Regards, Herman
    Ubuntu user since 2004 (Warty Warthog)

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