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lisbakke
Oct 30, 2005, 01:17 AM
On my winXP box I used Partition magic to make a separate partition for installing Gentoo Linux on it. I thought partition magic did it fine, but after it rebooted it said No OS found.

I tried to plug my HD into a buddy's computer so that I could get my data off, but it wouldn't assign the drive a letter. Then, when looking at the HD in one of the utility's, it said that my HD was partitioned into 3 parts, each part an unknown partition filesystem.

Is there any way to recover my data? I really need some of it.

Thanks!

(p.s. i know this forum is for macs but I know you guys know more)

ldenman
Oct 30, 2005, 01:25 AM
dude...linux has its own built in partion tool when you install it, for future notice.

and, there are a lot of bootable disks you can download.

http://www.ultimatebootcd.com/
check that out.

you could always use windows to boot up and enter repair mode.
type fixmbr
then reboot
see if that helps.

MacTruck
Oct 30, 2005, 01:30 AM
Found the problem. WINDOWS XP. :rolleyes:

robbieduncan
Oct 30, 2005, 01:31 AM
It sounds like you removed either:

1) Removed the Windows (NTFS probably) partition and created 3 empty unformatted partition. In this case you are screwed.

2) Resized the NTFS partition and created 2 unformatted partitions. In this case you Windows Boot Loader is probably confused and you should be able to recover with your Windows install CD.

ldenman
Oct 30, 2005, 01:33 AM
its the truth though...
when i ran windows every day it seemed like there was something not working right.
ever since i got my imac. everything has been pure bliss.
:knocks on wood:

Calvinatir
Oct 30, 2005, 01:35 AM
When you run partition magic it asks if you want to create a restore disk in case this happens...probably would have been a good idea!

ldenman
Oct 30, 2005, 01:37 AM
When you run partition magic it asks if you want to create a restore disk in case this happens...probably would have been a good idea!
my exact thoughts...
i actually had this problem happen to me many a time.
i kept manually partitioning my hd to install linux and it
kept messing up each time. i never created a rescue disk either.

finally i booted the linux cd and it partitioned it for me.
then, i switched to mac.

lisbakke
Oct 30, 2005, 12:40 PM
Thanks guys for all your replies.

Actually, I made a recovery disk when it asked me to. I have two floppies, but I can't boot from either of them. Maybe it screwed up when making the recovery floppies?

Anyway, I can't figure this out... is there any place that I could send my HD to try to get them to recover the data?

Thanks again!

londonweb
Oct 30, 2005, 12:50 PM
Have you tried booting from your windows XP disk?

lisbakke
Oct 30, 2005, 02:41 PM
Have you tried booting from your windows XP disk?


No. Do you mean go into the bootup and try to "repair" windows... or to resintall just the OS?

Or do you mean actually booting into windows from the disc (how do you do that)?

Even if I could boot in, would it help? I had my HD attatched as slave to a bootable windows, and it recognizes the HD but it won't assign drive letters because they are "unknown partitions".

londonweb
Oct 30, 2005, 02:52 PM
No. Do you mean go into the bootup and try to "repair" windows... or to resintall just the OS?

Or do you mean actually booting into windows from the disc (how do you do that)?

I mean stick the cd and turn the computer on- if it's a relatively modern pc it should boot from the cd before it tries the hard disks. If it doesn't, you need to change your boot settings from the bios. Usually you do this by starting up and then pressing Delete or sometimes F1- it should tell you on the bios screen somewhere. Once you've booted into XP set up you should be able to get a detailed run down of what's happened to your disks.

Even if I could boot in, would it help? I had my HD attatched as slave to a bootable windows, and it recognizes the HD but it won't assign drive letters because they are "unknown partitions".

What version of Windows is the bootable one you mention? If it's earlier than XP or 2k (ie. Win 98) then it won't recognise an NTFS-formatted drive and that's probably why it doesn't see your hard disk.

If this isn't the case and you think you should be able to read the drive, then I'm not sure what's happened. In theory you should be able to retrieve some if not all of your data from the partitioned disk if you take it to a specialist. I can't recommend anyone because I've never had to do it myself, but I've heard happy stories of data being recovered even from completely re-formatted disks, so it's worth making some enquiries.

I suppose it's possible that Partition magic formatted your drive in a Linux file system (I don't know much about Linux so not sure) and now Windows doesn't see it...