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Acronis destroyed my computer!!?

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  • Started 5 years ago by bluechillzz
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bluechillzz
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A day a go i tried to shrink my windows vista partion by using the acronis disk director program. so i set it to create a 19 gb partion out of the 14 gb of unallocated space and about 5gbs from the vista partiton. When it restarts my computer and begins the shrinking process everything seems alright. It get's to around 77 % percent and i look away for a couple of seconds, i come back and i find that my laptop has gone into sleep mode! so i wake it up to find that not only has my moniter been shut off , the screen is blank when i turn it on anyway. So i shut off the computer and reboot it. While satan does a handstand i am greeted by a disk read error and the command to press ctrl+alt+del (i think) to restart my computer. My vista partition is now unbootable and stripped of it's drive letter. chkdsk, system restore, nothing is working. I know my files are still there because when i boot into ubuntu i see it under computer listed as a 133.1 GB Volume, close to what it was before i tried this acronis program out. All of my files are on there(i'm assuming), but i can't be sure, i only know that the partition has retained it's size. It's not mountable and most information about it including the size is listed as unkown. I have'nt backed it up and i really don't want erase all those files. If i can't fix the drive, is there at least a way to recover some of the files.

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whs
whs
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Sure, recover the files with Ububtu or Knoppix and move them to an external disk. Then reinstall Vista.

http://www.howtogeek.com/howto.....-computer/

http://www.shockfamily.net/cedric/knoppix/

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bluechillzz
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i really don't want to reinstall, seeing as i'd lose my files and alls i have is this anytime upgrade cd requiring a license that came with the laptop. is there no other possible way to fix this thing?

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whs
whs
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You won't loose your files if you follow the above. You can try to repair the boot record with your installation/recovery disk. Maybe you are lucky. Who knows what happened between Acronis and your gestures. There may be little damage or a lot of damage.

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bluechillzz
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that's the problem, the operating system does'nt show up on the load drivers screen. out of all the options on the disk only command line works, the rest either pop up with error messages or say nothings wrong. how do i use chkdsk , because when i typed in chkdsk /f nothing happend? I do have a linux partition that works, i installed it from a live cd. i don't get the same error message posted in that first link you gave me. mine says something about $MFT having invalid magic.

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ScottW
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bluechillzz, you might be able to restore the boot data. You need to boot into Windows RE and use the bootrec.exe utility. You can get to Windows RE by booting off the Vista Install CD, using a Vista Repair disc, and maybe from the Advanced Boot Options menu (F8 menu). Select "Repair Your Computer" then go to the command prompt. The syntax for bootrec is shown here:
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/927392

Use the /fixmbr, then /fixboot, then /rebuildbcd switches. If it still won't boot, follow the instructions in the KB article to completely rebuild the BCD.

This is another example of why you *must* have a backup of your data before any attempt to modify partitions.

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ScottW
ScottW
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bluechillzz, your last message came in while I was typing mine. You say you have a Linux boot partition. Was this system being dual booted? What bootloader were you using? The instructions that I give above should only be used if you were using the Vista bootloader. If you are using GRUB or another Linux loader, you could lose the ability to boot Linux, at least for a while.

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bluechillzz
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alright, but i'll have to try it tomorrow, I'm going to fight this thing to the end!

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bluechillzz
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oh, and i'm using the grub. i had just tackled getting rid of grub the day before the crash, now i have no choice but to use it again. disregard most of that last post then.

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whs
whs
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Just to add this: It probably said that there was an invalid MFT mirror. In that case, CHKDSK is useless.

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bluechillzz
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i'll have screenshots tomorrow, so you guys can see exactly what i mean.

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bluechillzz
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crap! what do you have to do to post picture's on this forum? By the way i tried the recovery disk again today. start-up repair actually worked this time, although it stopped and said it can't automatically fix the problem. that's a change from yesterday when it just refused to attempt to fix the problem and said everything was alright. I also tried chkdsk f and r ,but none of them could run because it says the drive is write protected. I'm not sure how to get the bootrec.exe thing working, every time i type in FixMbr it says it's an invalid command. the worst news is that since upgrading to ubuntu hardy heron, the live disk has gutsy gibbon on it, i can no longer see the drive under computer. i still have the screen shots from before though, i just need to know how to upload them.

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bluechillzz
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wait a minute, i just found out how to use boot.rec. i'll be right back.

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whs
whs
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To post a picture, do this:
1. Create your account at http://photobucket.com/ - real easy
2. Use the folder with your name on it or create a subfolder (recommended). You do that on the left side where it says "New Album" > Save
3.Go to "Upload Images and Videos", somewhere in the middle. Now click on "Choose Files". This will most likely bring up your "Pictures" folder (but you can select another folder). Double click on the file you want to upload. After a few seconds you will see it. Now single click on your picture. On top of the picture you will see “Resize”. The best size to pick is 640X480.
4. If you want to post this picture directly on the Forum, click on IMG Code (last link), then right click on that and COPY. If you only want to post the link to the picture, click on Direct link, then right click and COPY. Then you got it in your clipboard (from where you Paste).
5. Now you can paste this into your posting. If you chose IMG, the picture will only show up AFTER you posted. In the posting you will only see the link. If you chose "Direct link", it will just be a link.

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bluechillzz
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here's what happens when i attempt to mount the drive(1). here's the drive's properties (2). And here are some other various screenshots i took while looking at it's properties (3) (4) (5)

(1) http://s724.photobucket.com/al.....enshot.png
(2) http://s724.photobucket.com/al.....shot-1.png
(3) http://s724.photobucket.com/al.....shot-2.png
(4) http://s724.photobucket.com/al.....shot-3.png
(5) http://s724.photobucket.com/al.....shot-4.png

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Scott
Scott
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(with code cleaned up)

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bluechillzz
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thanks!

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Spacegold
Spacegold
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Scott, do you think it would be a good idea to post whs's instructions to a sticky on each forum?

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bluechillzz
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thanks for your help guys. i just deleted the partition and installed the windows 7 beta in place of vista. i'll just back up all my data in july and either buy a copy or revert back to vista until the official version gets released.

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whs
whs
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Courageous to bet on W7 for the next 5 months. If it does not work out, you can try this. I am very happy with this setup - and no messing with extra partitions.

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