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szadkowski
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problem installing linux

hi!i don't know if anybody could help me but i bought recently a compaq presario x1006 and tried to install linux over it ,so in order not to erase all disk i tried to resize ntfs partition but either using qtparted or partition manager it shows me errors.don't really know what to do .....hope i'm not gonna be forced to format entire drive!
thanks if somebody would help me!
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Steven E. Protter
Exalted Contributor

Re: problem installing linux

You have probably corrupted the ntfs volume by reducing it too much. Its a good idea to defragment prior to such operations.

You should do the following:

Attempt to boot the ntfs partition in windows, get your data off.

Then reformat the drive and do the installation over. Do Linux first, leave a ntfs partition, let grub manage the boot and install windows second.

I'm pretty sure at this point you've got no data to worry about formatting, but give it a shot.

If useful, please point this response.
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Alexander Chuzhoy
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Re: problem installing linux

1.If you still can boot with the operating system that uses the NTFS drive then first thing you should do after booting is running chkdsk to fix the entire partition.
2.After fixing the file system use the latest version of Partition manager.
szadkowski
Occasional Visitor

Re: problem installing linux

thank you for your quick reply but in fact the hard drive is not corrupted at all,it is looking like it was at the very beginning(i mean when i bought it) ,partition magic wasn't starting the job yet ,and i got some info from linux users (check laptop linux and then choose compaq) that indeed i'm not the only one to face this problem,apparently over those tiny partitions bios stuff is stored!
i have really no idea wether i shouldn't format entire drive but as i heard apparently it's voiding warranty
szadkowski
Occasional Visitor

Re: problem installing linux

besides i used the latest partition manager (version 8) and this so called reference in partitonning didn't manage a damn thing!
thank you for your help....really think i'm lost for linux community!
Alexander Chuzhoy
Honored Contributor

Re: problem installing linux

first of all there is 8.0.2 version of Partition magic
second of all
what errors do you get?