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    Messed up HD during install & can't recover

    I have 2 machines, a desk-top and a lap-top. I was able to install a WUBI version on my laptop and it works fine with XP as a dual OS.

    I tried to do the same on my desk-top and its a nightmare.

    Long story short I messed up the partitioning process during the install and I can't recover.

    When I boot linux from the CD and browse PLACES--> Computer ..I see a small partitioned portion of my HD as a separate file in the file browser window called "filesystem". I look into that file and see the boot folder ...but no grub sub-folder and hence no ..menu.lst boot file.

    Which is why I believe my machine hangs up during the boot and displays "GRUB LOADING STAGE 1.5"..

    The problem is I can't get rid of this file. I reformatted my HD a billion times, but the reformat procedure won't touch that portion of the drive. I have wiped XP off my system in the process and cannot re-install it because this corrupt portion somehow cause the system to terminate during the installation attempts.

    When I boot linux from the CD I can see the file ...but in that mode I can't delete it because the system prohibits that in the CD boot mode.

    OK when I try to re-install linux, I use the manual-mode to partition the HD. That portion of the drives shows up as "dev/sda" as the device, and there is no size associated with it.

    I believe this is a very small portion of the HD as the other portion in the drive...the free space.... has a size of the HD capacity.
    But there is a delete button during the manual partition, it grays out however when I select this bad section of the partition.

    I tried to partition the remainder of the HD, and set it as primary to mount from DOS ..but I get a root directory error message.

    Please help me somehow get rid of this messed up portion of my HD.

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    Re: Messed up HD during install & can't recover

    Have you tried the live cd gparted?

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    Re: Messed up HD during install & can't recover

    Quote Originally Posted by cdtech View Post
    Have you tried the live cd gparted?
    Remember..... I have no OS on my machine, can this work in a pure DOS environment?

    Also I'm not sure if it would help if I tell you that I have no desire to put back XP on my system ..so I really don't need a partitioned HD.

    I've backed up all the files before I started this ...and I want to move to a full linux OS. Thats why I just want to delete this corrupt portion of my HD and do full linux install.

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    Re: Messed up HD during install & can't recover

    Yes, it will boot and run in a dos like environment. You can run the graphical mode once you boot into the gparted disc.

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    Re: Messed up HD during install & can't recover

    could you walk me through the syntax to accomplish this in DOS?

    Also I did a little digging and found this blog:

    http://answers.yahoo.com/question/in...8065748AASrDin

    stating that gparted does not work in dos.


    I think, gparted is a nice tool, but what would help me more than anything else is someone with some DOS expertise ...because all I want to do is get rid of this partion on my HD and start over.

    Thanks

    I

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