Hi, I have a problem which I'm lookin for some advice.
I've downloaded and loaded up ubuntu 11.10 on my Windows 7 laptop.
I assumed I required several partitions to run ubuntu alongside Windows 7 - but having freed up some space (100gb) in gparted – which then stayed “unusable” - I then (initially) rebooted back into Win 7 fine (after a 5min chkdsk at startup) - saw my free space, and formatted it as fat32 (why I did that, I’m not entirely sure – but I supposed gparted could see/use it.
So far so good (or so I thought). Fired up ubuntu, set the install partition (mount "/" - ex4, etc) - but with no swap partition. So I repeat the process - resize the main Windows 7 sys partition by another 5 gb - and then try and reboot into Windows 7...
And now nothing. I load the Windows 7 recovery environment - and startup repair states chkdsk fails due to "system volume on disk is corrupt". load up diskpart - select the dist - but now shows the main hdd has no volumes - and status is invalid. Also - there is an * denoting it's a dynamic disk. ???
If I reload ubuntu from a dvd- all ok, from gparted - I see in disks: the ntfs partitions with all the data -and the 100gb free for ubuntu (all of which are unaccessible in windows recovery env - or so it seems).
how can I repair the Windows 7 boot option? I'm not too fussed about the ubuntu (and wouldn't have ventured if I'd have known what lay in store) - however, it all seemed straightforward at the time, and I'm drawn by a quick boot time, etc, etc..
So - dual booting isnt' setup. Windows 7 won't load - and can't access any of the other partitions either.
I don't want to blat the thing - but any advice on getting back to where I was (before I started) would be gratefully recieved...