[SOLVED] Unable to install Linux - Harddrive refuses to be partitioned.
My harddrive currently carries essentially one partition on which there is Windows XP home edition installed. 53 of 120 GB of the partition are not in use and I intend to install LINUX alongside Windows using this free space.
The Linux installation routine will stop after a long pause with an error message when I try to repartition. (The error message says just 'partitioning failed' or so, so nothing that gets me anywhere). I tried versions of Ubuntu and Kubuntu. With Kubuntu the computer just suddenly switches itself off.
I then tried to just repartition using Symantec Partition Magic. When I do so, runs the "checking filesystem" and exits with:
Error 1529 while executing batch
Error 1529-information mismatch in directory entry
They tell you that you should run a chkdsk, i did so with chkdsk /i , chkdsk /f and chkdsk /r and the problem persists.
When I ran the chkdsk /i it said that there where errors in the filesystem that can be repaired by running chkdsk /f (which i had done right before) and that there are 0 KB in "bad" sectors. So I'd guess the hard drive is ok.
Someone recommended GPartition, which I burned to a CD and booted from. I tried some of the modes it offers (normal, from RAM, safe mode). It loads fine until the GUI loads, then my computer suddenly switches itself off. The first time it made it to the window where you can see the partitions of the harddrive, now it switches off even earlier.
Windows is driving me crazy, but I canīt just format the crap out of the harddrive and set it all up from scratch for certain reasons.
I have no clue what to do or try next, it would be great if anyone here could help me.
With best regards,