Sigh - I like Linux, I really do, but sometimes it does more harm than good.
I recently bought a terabyte SATA drive and added it to my study PC. So far so good. I set up a windows swap partition at the start of it, with the intention of in stalling Ubuntu further along the drive and after that a new work area for graphic files. The current install no longer works, so I thought downloading Ubuntu 10.1 and burning it to a CD should be fine. That was, but the next steps got dodgy.
I was able to run GPARTED from the live CD and went about reorganising my partitions I'd done this in the past and no problems. The idea was that it shouldn't matter if I deleted the existing linux partitions because I was creating new ones with the new install. To make that work I needed to move a big partition of 500 Gb (done it before without problem) and I did that over night. Only there was a power surge or something because when I woke up in the morning the power was OFF and the move was incomplete, and, as I found out MUCH LATER, the partition while there isn't recognised by windows as being formatted!
It gets worse - when I tried booting up it would still go straight to GRUB that gave an error 17 message and would hang. Fair enough, since I must have deleted the partition it was looking for. So I went to the lounge PC and did a search on the web for fixes and it said to boot the WIN CD and repair the boot sector by using FIXBOOT and FIXMBR, which I did, but which didn't make any difference at all. OK, I then tried to install Ubuntu again but this time it just went to a blank screen instead of a Live install. So I try booting again and this time it gets to a message "Checking DMI..." and then immediately reboots thereafter in an endless loop! I check the BIOS and can't see anything that can be changed. I try booting from a CD but it happens so fast that nothing works, until the umpteenth time with me pressing ESC and spacebar when it finally boots to a Live Ubuntu 9.10 disk.
I try installing that and it all seems to go smoothly but when I boot I get a "BAD DISK READ, Press ALT+CTRL+DEL to continue message"! By this stage I'm getting very frustrated. I finally manage to boot to windows by using something called a "Hiren's Rescue Disk" which allows me to manually selct the Windows install to use. But I have to use that all the time, and I'm still attempting to recover date of the damaged partition and...
...and it's been a bloody long day.
Suggestions please.I've clearly stuffed up my Master Boot Record and don't know how to get it back. Recovering files of the now "unformatted" data partition'd be good as well, since it has all my documents on it. I would have backed up first, but couldn't get the external drive that K rigged up for me to work.