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I had 2 partitions with 2 XP. I selected the 1st partition, formatted it, and installed Ubuntu 9.10 on it.

Now I can't boot into XP cz is showing me the XP loader of the XP that I deleted... I tried fixmbr and fixboot but with no effect.

In the beginning XP couldn't boot, but at least I could browse the folders from Linux. Now in the Disk Utility it's written unrecognised, unknown or unused.

Screenshots:

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Here it is:

~# fdisk -l

Disk /dev/sda: 250.1 GB, 250059350016 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 30401 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes
Disk identifier: 0xb7e61057

   Device Boot      Start         End      Blocks   Id  System
/dev/sda1   *           1       22508   180795478+  83  Linux
/dev/sda2           22509       30400    63392490    f  W95 Ext'd (LBA)
/dev/sda5   *       22752       30400    61440592+   7  HPFS/NTFS
/dev/sda6           22509       22751     1951834+  82  Linux swap / Solaris

    ~#
    ~# ntfsfix /dev/sda5
    Mounting volume... $MFT has invalid magic.
    ntfs_mft_load(): Failed.
    Failed to load $MFT: Input/output error.
    Failed to startup volume: Input/output error.
    FAILED
    Attempting to correct errors... $MFT has invalid magic.
    ntfs_mft_load(): Failed.
    Failed to load $MFT: Input/output error.
    FAILED
    Failed to startup volume: Input/output error.
    Volume is corrupt. You should run chkdsk.

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Update: after playing with some partition boot CDs:

root@ubuntu-tower:~# fdisk -l

Disk /dev/sda: 250.1 GB, 250059350016 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 30401 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes
Disk identifier: 0xb7e61057

   Device Boot      Start         End      Blocks   Id  System
/dev/sda1   *           1       22508   180795478+  83  Linux
/dev/sda3           22752       30400    61440592+   7  HPFS/NTFS

Here's a screenshot of GParted and Disk Utility:

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Any ideas?

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you should've installed ubuntu on the 2nd drive instead,this way you'll be able to use them both without having to modify GRUB –  Mahmoud Hossam Dec 8 '09 at 9:32
    
when you want install ubuntu on your Sp you must choose your slave xp, I think you format you master xp os then your boot information for both of operating system was lost. –  Am1rr3zA Dec 8 '09 at 9:40
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no i dont think so.. i think it has to do something with some windows loader, or loading direction to start XP from that partition.. but i dont really know how to do make it like this.. –  Paikkos Dec 8 '09 at 9:50
    
@Am1rr3zA yes it must be something like this, but there is not any way to rebuild it for the 2nd partition? –  Paikkos Dec 8 '09 at 10:23
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I have same problem as you and Partition Table Doctor resolved it. Some time ago in work when WinXP can`t load I use fixmbr and fixboot commands from WinXP recovery console and it works too, here is tutorial

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ive tried those commands and nothing came up –  Paikkos Dec 8 '09 at 10:34
    
so you can try Partition Table doctor, it also works for me. –  Cicik Dec 8 '09 at 10:43
    
i tried that program man, and nothing happened.. –  Paikkos Dec 8 '09 at 18:16
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I believe you are right: the problem seems to be due to the XP bootloader "gone with the wind". Does any of these how-to help?

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