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Fixing corrupt windows boot sector

asked 2014-05-23 15:52:03 -0500

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I didn't know how to word the question, but basically here's what happened. I tried using anaconda (I think that's what it is) to shrink my windows partition and install it that way. It gave me an error and said it failed. After rebooting, I noticed that the space I allowed it to install was now missing from my total space. Well I did the partitioning myself after that so I could access my windows files to backup, since my windows is completely crashed and won't boot and now because of that error, it has corrupted my boot sectors and I can no longer mount the drive. I tried loading the disk up to see if I could spot the partition it attempted to install on, but there was no luck spotting anything out of the ordinary. It is really imprtant I get these files off of this computer. I know they are still there, it's just a matter of fixing it with Linux

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answered 2014-05-24 03:31:45 -0500

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So, you have installed Fedora in the partitions you created manually? (I hope you've not). You could use a Live version of Fedora for recovery purposes. If you have installed Fedora on the same drive (the space you freed in Anaconda), it is likely that you've lost some data. If you didn't install anything on that disk, it would probably possible to recover the partition completely. Notice that your problem is not necessarily limited to boot sector only.

Anyway, you can try using testdisk to see if it can recover your partition/files. If it didn't help, you might try photorec (also part of testdisk package) to recover some files (you might loose file names). Or you might try other recovery tools.

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Please, check out my problem as well and let me know if this answer can also resolve my issue. Thank you! https://ask.fedoraproject.org/en/question/53931/pre-installed-windows-8-failed-to-start-after-installing-fedora-20-in-legacy-support/

Quantum Helix gravatar imageQuantum Helix ( 2014-09-17 23:48:27 -0500 )edit

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