|Okay so here is what happened. Its gonna make me sound like and idiot but I acidentally used fill on C (hactar related) and now I have stuffed up all my partioning and the entire C disk is HactarFS. Now my question is can I formatt my hard drive and reinstall XP then use a file recovery program tha gets back lost data to save what I can back that up and then reformatt and install linux. and another question can linux (probably either openSUSE or Ubuntu) Network with Windows because I read an article that it can, but I trust you guys more than a trust some random web page.|
If you can help with any of this thankyou if not thats okay
|written by Ponder s on Jan 21, 2008 02:01|
|I wouldn't know about Hactar and your C drive, but linux can share (at least) files and printers with windows. Probably the best way to do that would be <a href="www.samba.org">Samba.|
The Ubuntu forums would be a good place to look for more information about setting up Samba with Ubuntu.
|Thanks thats oe thing answered|
|written by Tom on Jan 21, 2008 04:02|
|few things: First, you do NOT want to reinstall Windows if you want to recover data. Reformatting the hard drive will wipe out anything that's left. What you should do is boot a LiveCD like Knoppix and use that to recover the data and copy it to some external device. |
Then if you want to install Linux you can do it afterwards. And Ubuntu can access files and printers on a Windows computer with no configuration necessary, but you may have to set up Samba to access anything on the Linux box from Windows.
|Yes, if you want to try recovering the data on the drive, don't reinstall Windows or another OS until you've done so, since you'll probably overwrite anything that's there. Using a utility, you might even be able to restore your partitions and get Windows functional again without reinstalling. Tom mentioned using a LiveCD like Knoppix, which includes tools for restoring partitions, but there are other more compact LiveCDs available, if you don't want to download a lot of software not related to fixing your system. I've used System Rescue CD before, though the GParted LiveCD also looks good, and is a relatively small download at around 50 Megs. The Testdisk utility included in them should be able to redetect lost partitions.|
|thanks alot guys. Ill get cracking at it as soon as I find a external storage device to rescue the data.|
|aha. I have finally gotten around to downloading system rescue. I have accessed my files on my C disk using TestDisk but I can't copy them to any external peripheral. can anyone tell me how?|
|don't worry I have finally figured out how to mount the usb drive to the Graphical interface and I am saving the files now. I just learnt heaps more about the linux OS today. all I have to do now is save the last few files reformat the hard drive reinstall the os AND THEN i can use it again.|
|written by Alex on Mar 09, 2008 10:50|
|Well, at this point I can only leave this hint here for future reference, but unless you format a partition, causing Hactar to effectively overwrite some contents with its VTOC, the operations performed on partitions only affect the partitions' table, which in most cases could be reconstructed.|