rEFIt -- not quite working after repartition

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by MattofSmith, Dec 20, 2007.

  1. MattofSmith macrumors newbie

    Dec 20, 2007
    I'm running Mac OS X Leopard on an Intel MacBook. I installed rEFIt, and am triple-booting into OS X, Windows Vista, and Sabayon Linux. Everything was running smoothly until today.

    I brought home Hellgate: London, to occupy my time, while I'm waiting for the parts I need to repair my car. Until I get those, I'm stuck at home, and bored.

    I went to install Hellgate, only to find I needed about 5 gigs more space than I had available (I only allocated 15 GB in the first place.) so I decided to repartition.

    I booted into a GParted live CD, and took 10GB from my mac partition and gave it to my Windows partition, which required that I move everything around a bit. When I was doing this, I was worried that it might screw with the boot sectors.

    Repartition went fine, but when I rebooted, I found that choosing Windows in the rEFIt menu led to a "No boot device found" error. Terrified, I rebooted and selected Mac OS X, which wasn't moved in the repartition, only resized. Thankfully, it booted fine.

    I fiddled around a bit with the rEFIt scripts, and rebooted. This time I went into the partition tool, on the rEFIt menu. It told me that the MBR needed to be edited. This made sense, and I hoped that rEFIt was smart enough to know how to fix the boot record to fit the partitions. So I let it go ahead.

    Now when I boot, Mac still works fine, but Linux and Windows both hang at the gray boot screen with the Windows Logo/image of Tux.

    I'm extremely bored, and I really want to play this game guys. I'm begging, please help. =(

    Grateful in Advance,
  2. Really macrumors newbie

    Dec 20, 2007

    From what I've been reading elsewhere today, OS X has the capability to survive a resized partition and not Windows. Windows will remain unbootable in your circustmance.

    I suggest saving everything (superduper to clone-save your os x), wiping the drive, re-partitioning, then reinstalling everything.

    Alternatively, you could make new partitions on your drive and merge your 'dead' partitions into a usable partition or something like that. Reinstall Windows and Linux on your new partitions. They should work then as the partitions are 'fixed' and unmoving so they should be happy with those.

    I have no experience doing any of this and am only making guesses at this point.
  3. MattofSmith thread starter macrumors newbie

    Dec 20, 2007
    No, both NTFS and EXT3 can survive a repartition without data loss. I've done it on PCs, which is why I chose GParted. In any event, I booted with alt+option, and the Windows partition was seen. I chose it, and it went into the normal vista boot loader. Unfortunately, it told me that it couldn't find winload.exe, and that I needed to do a system repair, with my Vista CD.
    Bad luck for me, I don't have that CD anymore.
    I'm not sure what I should do..

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