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Posted 24 November 2015 - 09:25 PM
Posted 25 November 2015 - 05:01 PM
It sounds like what you were trying to do is to dual boot Windows and Linux?
If that is true, Linux is very anal in terms of how you do this.
You have to install OSs in a specific order. First, do Windows - oldest OS to newest OS, then you have to do Linux last.
Unfortunately, you can't just create a partition on your hard drive and install Linux to that.
Assuming no issues with the hard drive itself, I'd pull the data from it by attaching it with a SATA and data cables to another PC, then put your data on a removable storage device of appropriate size (USB hard drive, flash drive, etc.).
On this hard drive, erase all hard drive partitions and start over.
This is why I refuse to use Linux as an OS - sure it's nice and secure but that's only because there isn't enough market share for criminals to make it worth their while to grab the source code and devise malware or viruses from there.
It's a huge hassle to install, however, if you plan on using it.
Posted 25 November 2015 - 06:56 PM
Does this laptop still have the recovery partition ? If so the simplest thing would be to 'recover' it to the ex-factory condition using this. See the following link from MS as to how to do it, you want to look at the part under 'All answers(3)'
Then I would suggest you go and start a topic in the 'Linux' section on BC asking how to set up a dual boot. Contrary to what Dudeage said, 'Linux isn't anal about installation' nor is it 'a huge hassle to install'. It is in fact quite straight forward but there are one or two traps for the unwary in the terminology used. It is easier to install into a separate hard dive but it can be installed perfectly well into a separate partition.
I have a dual booting desktop and I admit I have the advantage of being able to allocate one hard drive to Linux but I installed Mint after I had had Win 7 running for a number of years. Yes, I managed to wipe all the data off a 500GB drive in the process but all the important data was backed up and this error was due to going at it too fast.
I am not a Linux 'fanboy' - I use it when I want to - but it is not normally that difficult to install. There is a learning curve if you have only been used to Windows in one form or other but it is not that steep.
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