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  1. #1

    XP install possibly corrupt after installing ubuntu

    Hey, I set up a dual-boot system with ubuntu and XP on one single drive, two partitions. Since installing ubuntu, I can't boot into Windows any more because NTLDR is missing. Using fixmbr, fixboot or bootcfg /rebuild doesn't help and if I try to use a windows boot disk, it says it can't find ntoskrnl.exe. chkdsk also can't scan the drive because of some major error and gparted can't scan it either. I can't mount or access any data on that drive from ubuntu.

    This is the error from gparted after trying a disk scan:

    GParted 0.3.8
    Libparted 1.8.9
    Check and repair filesystem (ntfs) on /dev/sdc1  00:00:00    ( ERROR )
    calibrate /dev/sdc1  00:00:00    ( SUCCESS )
    path: /dev/sdc1
    start: 63
    end: 123154289
    size: 123154227 (58.72 GiB)
    check filesystem on /dev/sdc1 for errors and (if possible) fix them  00:00:00    ( ERROR )
    ntfsresize -P -i -f -v /dev/sdc1
    ntfsresize v2.0.0 (libntfs 10:0:0)
    Failed to startup volume: Invalid argument.
    ERROR(22): Opening '/dev/sdc1' as NTFS failed: Invalid argument
    The device '/dev/sdc1' doesn't have a valid NTFS.
    Maybe you selected the wrong partition? Or the whole disk instead of a
    partition (e.g. /dev/hda, not /dev/hda1)? This error might also occur
    if the disk was incorrectly repartitioned (see the ntfsresize FAQ).
    I can probably assume from all of this that my windows partition got corrupt at some point and can't be accessible either way.

    Is there a way to recover this? Or is it just a case of reinstalling windows? and presumably if I want to use the same drive again, reinstalling ubuntu as well?

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    Administrator jayd512's Avatar
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    Ubuntu shouldn't have done anything to XP. Post the output of
    cat /etc/grub.conf

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    Output is just: cat: /etc/grub.conf: No such file or directory

    I hope ubuntu didn't affect windows, the only thing I can guess that happened is that something went wrong when I created the linux partition with gparted. Although I didn't actually touch the XP partition, but only created my linux partition and swap space. No resizing was done and this was all done after installing XP.

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    SuperMod (Back again) devils casper's Avatar
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    Execute this
    sudo fdisk -l
    cat /boot/grub/menu.lst
    Post output here.
    * Its small L in fdisk -l.
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