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Thread: I cannot boot windows. Did I destroy it?

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    Default I cannot boot windows. Did I destroy it?

    I really need your help.
    I use netbootin to create a bootable Backtrack 4 USB thumbdrive (4GB).
    I booted from the USB and did the following:

    fdisk /dev/sda
    I then deleted the first four partition
    Then I created the first partition with +1500M
    Then I created the second partition.
    Then I set the partition type for the first partition to vfat and that of the second to linux
    I format the partitions.
    I then shutdown backtrack.

    The next day I tried to boot windows. It says: "This is not a bootable disk. Please insert a bootable disk and press any key to continue."

    I only remembered fiddling with the files on the thumbdrive. I admit that I dunno what I am doing. Did I delete my files on Windows? If so, what should I do? How can I get back my files on Windows?

    Please help!

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    Default Re: I cannot boot windows. Did I destroy it?

    Quote Originally Posted by hitmen View Post
    Did I delete my files on Windows?
    Sounds like you did. /dev/sda is usually the first SCSI or SATA drive in the system, which is (again usually) the drive that your main OS would be installed on. You probably shouldnt have deleted the partitions on it.

    Quote Originally Posted by hitmen View Post
    If so, what should I do? How can I get back my files on Windows?
    Restore from backup, consult a data recovery specialist, or learn to cope with the loss of your data.
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    Default Re: I cannot boot windows. Did I destroy it?

    Try going into your system with a LiveCD, such as ubuntu and see if it can recognise your Windows OS partition via nautilus file manager. Otherwise, it doesn't look too good.

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    Default Re: I cannot boot windows. Did I destroy it?

    If you only deleted the partition and didn't install BT or something afterward, then you still might be able to recover all your data. I'd boot up in a recovery disc with partition recovery software of some kind. Never used any linux recovery apps so I can't tell you what a good one would be, but I'm sure someone here or on a general linux forum could.

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