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Computer mucked up while resizing partition

By Vaughands
Sep 27, 2008
  1. Gah, this sucks.. I almost had a heart attack when I went to resize my Windows partiton.. all was going well and then suddenly it was error'd and had to reboot.

    So now I'm stuck with Windows attempting to boot, then telling me there was problem last time, select an option. I do and it reboots, and loops. Ideas?
    Formatting is an option I can see, I don't mind it but its not something I want to have to consider.
     
  2. gillianbrown

    gillianbrown Banned Posts: 141

    If the partition is mucked up as seems to be the case, then formatting is certainly the best and easiest option.

    You could always try putting the drive in another system as a slave drive and see if you can retrieve any important files etc, before you format it it.

    Gillian
     
  3. Vaughands

    Vaughands TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 39

    All files that are important are on an external media, is it certain once formatted I can do this? I would love two partitions if this can be done :) Windows XP & Ubuntu.
     
  4. gillianbrown

    gillianbrown Banned Posts: 141

    Yes, formatting the drive is best and you can partition the drive at the same time. Trying to partition a drive that currently has an OS is always a risky business.

    I would have posted a link for you, unfortunately I seem to need to have 5 posts in order to do so.

    Gillian
     
  5. Vaughands

    Vaughands TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 39

    Well, I'd appreciate a link. You could post after this, then edit your post :).

    I'd love to reinstall Windows XP, I have a key but no CD... so that's a difficult thing. I only got a Linux CD.
     
  6. gillianbrown

    gillianbrown Banned Posts: 141

  7. Vaughands

    Vaughands TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 39

    Oh, I know how to format. It's the thing about formatting without a Windows XP disc.. I'd like to get my machine up tonight and search for my disk tommrow.. but then is installing Linux then dual booting Windows beside it difficult?
     
  8. gillianbrown

    gillianbrown Banned Posts: 141

  9. Vaughands

    Vaughands TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 39

    Alright, I had never defragged before and I know that was a dumb mistake to try and resize without defragging... so yeah. I can just format it with my Linux CD now then?
     
  10. gillianbrown

    gillianbrown Banned Posts: 141

    Yes, you should be able to do that, though I`ve never used Linux myself, so can`t speak from experience.

    Gillian
     
  11. Vaughands

    Vaughands TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 39

    It appears to be easier to install Windows XP then Linux, so I'll probably do that.. how long does Windows XP usually take to install itself?
     
  12. gillianbrown

    gillianbrown Banned Posts: 141

    Once everything is formatted, the install shouldn`t take more than half an hour and often much less.

    Gillian
     
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