So I have XP and wanted to dual boot with a Linux distribution. I don't know a whole lot about partitioning but finally came across PartitionMagic and decided to make use of it to get a Linux partition set up.
I have a 160GB hard drive(NTFS) that had about 20GB available. Following the Flash tutorial's instructions, I first tried to install BootMagic. When I did so I was prompted to first create a small 20-50MB FAT/FAT32 partition for BootMagic to reside in. Okay, fair enough...
I went back into PartitionMagic to create a new partition. I had to resize my initial primary partition down some, as apparently only about 7MB were "unallocated." So I resized it down to just a bit above what I assume was to 140GBish mark (PartitionMagic doesn't let you resize smaller than what is already being used... probably an obvious point but I'm trying to be clear in my post). I then created a new FAT32 logical partition of 50MB for BootMagic. Both the resizing of my primary partition and creation of the new logical partition were done in the same session, and at that point I "applied" these settings and was prompted reboot for the changes to take effect.
All was well for about 20 minutes while the partition was being resized and the new one was being created. At about 30% progress, however, I received an error (something to the effect of "there was not enough space to create this partition. I'm going to exit now.") and the system rebooted...only to take me to the Safe Mode selection screen. Choosing any of the options there loads the system for about 2 seconds longer, then the computer reboots. Ack!
I chatted with someone with symantec and they led me to a page (http://service1.symantec.com/Support/powerquest.nsf/docid/2004092569008862
) that initially seemed pretty right on target. It instructs me to download ptedit.exe in order to edit the partition table. The bulk of my troubles today have come from trying to run
ptedit on a computer that doesn't boot. I'm not very familiar with DOS or with booting operations, so I'm hoping someone can lend a helping hand. I have a lot of data on my HD so I'm really hoping to get things back to somewhat normal.
Thanks in advance!