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2011-12-20 11:38:51 -0500 commented answer Fedora 16 & Win 7 Dual Boot Problems

Okay, before I do this, I have two NTFS partitions and one of them has a label of [SYSTEM] and is 208MB and the other is 455423MB and is definitely my C:\ drive in the windows installation. How can I tell which I should mark as bootable?

2011-12-19 11:18:42 -0500 commented question Fedora 16 & Win 7 Dual Boot Problems

So, I found Bootrec.exe /fixboot detects 0 windows installations. DISKPART lists my harddrive as invalid and dynamic. I tried selecting it and using ONLINE command but didn't do anything. I can access my files through Fedora though. Did I ruin my Windows installation? Because it's starting to feelit

2011-12-19 10:21:24 -0500 commented answer Fedora 16 & Win 7 Dual Boot Problems

Can I set my windows partition as active through Fedora or should I do it through the recovery console?

2011-12-18 23:19:11 -0500 asked a question Fedora 16 & Win 7 Dual Boot Problems

So I wanted to create a dual boot with the latest Fedora (16) and my current Windows 7 installation. I installed the desktop iso (3.5gb) from a usb drive and in my inexperience with non-windows operating systems, must have messed something up bad.

At first, no OS would load up, never got an option for Fedora and Windows failed to load. Then marked the partition as active and grub loads up. Fedora boots and works fine. I can even see the files from my windows installation.

But Windows 7 still won't load when I try to load it from grub. I have a recovery disk and when I try to boot from it to fix the MBR (by using Bootrec.exe /fixmbr from the recovery console) it doesn't recognize any operating systems. I tried using Bootrec.exe /fixmbr from the console and it didn't seem to do anything. Also, Startup Repair doesn't do a thing either, just says it can't fix the computer automatically.

Also, I've seen that the fdisk -l output is usually asked for, so here it is:

[root@localhost ~]# fdisk -l

Disk /dev/sda: 500.1 GB, 500107862016 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 60801 cylinders, total 976773168 sectors
Units = sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes
Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
I/O size (minimum/optimal): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
Disk identifier: 0xf2b66014

   Device Boot      Start         End      Blocks   Id  System
/dev/sda1              63        2047         992+  42  SFS
/dev/sda2            2048      409599      203776   42  SFS
/dev/sda3          409600   889909247   444749824   42  SFS
/dev/sda4   *   889909248   976771119    43430936   83  Linux

I appreciate any insight that can be offered as I'm completely inexperienced in both dual-booting and the use of linux operating systems.