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Old 2007-09-07, 13:12
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Partition table screwed

Last Monday I discovered that 6 files on my third Windows partition were corrupted. I guess I used Partition Magic 8 to find out which files were making the use of that partition really slow. I'm not sure if I ordered PM8 to solve the problems, but probably. After that I asked Windows if it could fix it, but to do that it had to restart my computer. Then GRUB loader gave Error 15, meaning that the partition table was not usable or something. I used the installation DVD of OpenSuSE 10.2 to get into Linux again, but I am limited to a lot of stuff and I don't know how to fix it.

I used gpart to scan and it gave these results:

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Begin scan... Possible partition(Windows NT/W2K FS), size(20481mb), offset(0mb) Possible extended partition at offset(20481mb) Possible partition(Windows NT/W2K FS), size(33253mb), offset(20481mb) Possible partition(Linux swap), size(1521mb), offset(54533mb) Possible partition(Linux ext2), size(13123mb), offset(56054mb) Possible partition(Linux ext2), size(19304mb), offset(69178mb) Possible partition(Windows NT/W2K FS), size(67844mb), offset(88483mb) End scan.
Checking partitions... * Warning: more than one extended partition: 3. Partition(OS/2 HPFS, NTFS, QNX or Advanced UNIX): primary Partition(OS/2 HPFS, NTFS, QNX or Advanced UNIX): logical Partition(Linux swap or Solaris/x86): invalid Partition(Linux ext2 filesystem): invalid Partition(Linux ext2 filesystem): invalid Partition(OS/2 HPFS, NTFS, QNX or Advanced UNIX): primary Ok. Guessed primary partition table: Primary partition(1) type: 007(0x07)(OS/2 HPFS, NTFS, QNX or Advanced UNIX) size: 20481mb #s(41945648) s(63-41945710) chs: (0/1/1)-(1023/254/63)d (0/1/1)-(2610/254/59)r Primary partition(2) type: 015(0x0F)(Extended DOS, LBA) size: 35573mb #s(72854775) s(41945715-114800489) chs: (1023/254/63)-(1023/254/63)d (2611/0/1)-(7145/254/63)r Primary partition(3) type: 007(0x07)(OS/2 HPFS, NTFS, QNX or Advanced UNIX) size: 67844mb #s(138946120) s(181213263-320159382) chs: (1023/254/63)-(1023/254/63)d (11280/1/1)-(19928/254/61)r Primary partition(4) type: 000(0x00)(unused) size: 0mb #s(0) s(0-0) chs: (0/0/0)-(0/0/0)d (0/0/0)-(0/0/0)r
The first scan seems to be the only right one about how my system should be like. (I first installed Windows and then I installed Linux on the free space of my second partition of Windows)

I tried the Partioner in Yast, but that thing doesn't seem to be able to handle NTFS (in the attachment you can see the partition table as Partioner sees it). In the table the swap space of Linux and the Windows E partition are swapped...

Do you guys have any suggestions on what to do? Am I srewed and will I have to erase the whole disc and start over again? Or is there something better to do?
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Old 2007-09-12, 21:31
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Old 2007-09-12, 21:40
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Use "Paragon Partition Manager 8.5 Pro". It can recover lost partitions and do everything. It can only run on Windows though.

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Old 2007-09-12, 22:18
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Well, I hate partition magic now becuase it ruined my partition table in the first place And there's no way I can get into Windows. Or should I try to put it in another machine and try from there?
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Old 2007-09-12, 22:27
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Partition Magic sucks, that's why I recommended Paragon Partition Manager - which doesn't suck.

If you can't get into Windows I don't really know what to do...
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Hmm, if you insert a Windows Vista cd (which is bootable) and boot with it, it *might* be able to recover your damaged Windows partition. Fear not - you don't have to actually install Windows Vista to do it.
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Old 2007-09-13, 00:09
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You can get into XP/Vista by removing your current boot loader (and replacing it with a Windows one), by using the Windows install CD.

In Windows XP CD when it asks to install or repair, goto repair - follow the stuff, and type fixmbr
In Vista CD there should be a 'fix boot' option
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Old 2007-09-13, 00:41
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Ohh, I just remembered, you can download Super Grub Disk ISO and burn it, it can modify the bootloader from Grub to Windows and back.
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Old 2007-09-13, 18:31
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Partition Magic sucks, that's why I recommended Paragon Partition Manager - which doesn't suck.

If you can't get into Windows I don't really know what to do...
*thinks*
Hmm, if you insert a Windows Vista cd (which is bootable) and boot with it, it *might* be able to recover your damaged Windows partition. Fear not - you don't have to actually install Windows Vista to do it.
Oow,, sorry, I read it wrong the first time
Tss, you really think I'm running Vista, pwahaha Sorry, my pc would definately die under Vista and XP has enough annoying stuff (and I just need an OS that works and not all the fancy -ugly- stuff).

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You can get into XP/Vista by removing your current boot loader (and replacing it with a Windows one), by using the Windows install CD.

In Windows XP CD when it asks to install or repair, goto repair - follow the stuff, and type fixmbr
In Vista CD there should be a 'fix boot' option
Yeah, I already tried that, but it didn't work at all Thanks for the tp though

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Ohh, I just remembered, you can download Super Grub Disk ISO and burn it, it can modify the bootloader from Grub to Windows and back.
Hmm, thanks for the advice, I will try that if Paragon Partition Manager doesn't work from another pc
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Old 2007-09-13, 21:16
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So, you've screwed a part of your table? Naughty.
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Old 2007-09-13, 22:53
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Thanks for your sympathy
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Old 2007-09-15, 02:09
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Well, finally it got fixed by Paragon Partition Manager Thanks ChoasFish and Dan2552 for the advice I just need to reinstall the GRUB again I think
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