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[PreInstall] I was running XP SP3 on a RAID 0, 2 HDD Dell system. I attempted to create a dual boot environment by installing Ubuntu on my computer. I booted / installed the Ubuntu .iso file and it prompted me with "which HDD would you like to install the OS". There were 2 choices: HDD#1 or HDD#2. I elected to install on #1.

[The aftermath] Neither OS will load. I could care less about Ubuntu. All I want back are my Windows files. I am guessing my partitions are all jacked up now. This is what they currently look like when UNIX is loaded off of the CD:

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Disk /dev/sda: 160.0 GB, 160000000000 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 19452 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes
Disk identifier: 0xeb275b50

   Device Boot      Start         End      Blocks   Id  System
/dev/sda1   *           1       18657   149862321   83  Linux
/dev/sda2           18658       19452     6385837+   5  Extended
/dev/sda5           18658       19452     6385806   82  Linux swap / Solaris

Disk /dev/sdb: 160.0 GB, 160000000000 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 19452 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes
Disk identifier: 0x00000000

Disk /dev/sdb doesn't contain a valid partition table
I have tried to load my XP install disc and attempt a 'R'epair. Both FIXBOOT and FIXMBR did not seem to help. I am to the point where when I attempt to boot my computer off the HDD, it can not find the NTLDR. Although, I'm speculating my problem is deeper than this.

Thank you for taking the time to read this. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
 

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Hello & welcome to TSF ,

what you have done is overwrite Xp with Ubuntu

so you are now looking at erasing the harddrive #1 for even if you do get it to load it will be corrupt

you should of selected drive #2

or you could of gotten rid or the raid & partioned the #1 drive in 1/2& dual booted it & used drive #2 as storeage

it happens / live & learn / been there

its all good except for the lost data

sorry

Mike
 

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Thanks for the reply, Mike.

As I feared, I lost all my data on the computer. Lesson learned (the hard way). From here on out, I'm making regular backups.
 
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