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OK, so I just installed Mandrake 9.1 as a dual-boot with winxp pro. I followed some instructions on how to do this word for word. Now, when I choose windows ...
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    I think my windows part. is screwed


    OK, so I just installed Mandrake 9.1 as a dual-boot with winxp pro. I followed some instructions on how to do this word for word. Now, when I choose windows from lilo, it says "disk read error press ctrl-al-delete to restart". The keyboard never initilizes so i have to cut the power from the outlet. It says the same message when I try to view the files in /mnt/windows.
    Is my windows install fixable?I don't quite see how half of a disk can be readable and the other half can't.

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    is that the Exact error message? the reason i ask, i put it into google, and it returned no results.

    Jason

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    If you have a windows boot floppy, run fdisk and see if you can access that partition.
    \"Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler.\"
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    Yup, that's the exct wording.

    If I try to dir it at the console it says:

    [william@localhost windows]$ dir
    dir: reading directory .: Input/output error

    I'll try fdisk n see if it'll work.

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    tail your system logs, see if you have a string of lines similar to:
    May 18 02:46:39 london kernel: end_request: I/O error, dev 03:09 (hda), sector 524392
    These are what i was getting on some files moments before the hard disk on this server totally packed up

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    I checked the system logs. There were a TON of those errors that you described.

    BTw, fdisk recognized that partition. (NTFS)

    So I guess this means a failing hard drive in teh near future?

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    IMO your HD is possibly on the way out, sorry dude

    Same thing happened to me with this server:
    http://www.this_site_does_not_exist/viewtopic.php?t=146

    Is the hard disk making any strange noises at all?

    Jason

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    I would agree with j on this, it may go out in a hour or a few months. Make sure you copy any critical data to another disk for safekeeping.
    Dan

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    I installed linux and couldn't get into windows.

    WinXP CDROM can sometimes be used to repair an installation.

    This worked for me and i lost no data or programs except for things from windows update.

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    I just keep a Windows 98 boot floppy. Whenever I screw up something and can't get into windows you can boot into DOS and do an fdisk /mbr. That is, if I can't get LILO or something working...

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