I decided to delete a partition called "HDDRECOVERY" which I wouldnt use, of around 14 GB, I decided to do it on Windows because I was already working there so I didn't have to boot again into Ubuntu, which is my main system, I only use Windows once a week or so.
So I opened the Disk Manager in Windows and simply deleted it. Everything was going fine until then. Then I right clicked my biggest partition where I store all my media files (and have Windows installed) and asked the program to check if I could shrink it and by how much, so I could have another partition to store stuff on.
The program froze for like 10 min and then it came back up again, working.
Then I tried doing some other stuff but didn't because it wouldn't let me.
Then, I installed like 300 MB of Windows updates bc I don't log on that system very often, and also uninstalled ZoneAlarm and other software that could be slowing my machine, finally restarted the computer and all I see is a grub recovery > command prompt, I tried some stuff there but it couldn't recognize my filesystem.
Then I inserted the Ubuntu DVD and here I am, trying to figure out what to do.
image showing gparted:
That is what gparted shows,
/dev/sda2 is where my biggest partition with all the media and Windows is.
/dev/sda3 is where my Linux partition should be - note:my home folder is encrypted
A couple of commands that I tried to determine what to do:
Ubuntu@Ubuntu: ~$ sudo fdisk -l
Disk /dev/sda: 640.1 GB, 640135028736 bytes 255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 77825 cylinders, total 1250263728 sectors Units = sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes I/O size (minimum/optimal): 512 bytes / 512 bytes Disk identifier: 0x637ca5d8 Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System /dev/sda1 * 2048 3074047 1536000 27 Hidden NTFS WinRE /dev/sda2 3074048 1167904767 582415360 7 HPFS/NTFS/exFAT /dev/sda3 1167906814 1220651007 26372097 5 Extended /dev/sda5 1208262656 1220651007 6194176 82 Linux swap / Solaris
sudo parted -l
ubuntu@ubuntu:~$ sudo parted -l Model: ATA TOSHIBA MK6475GS (scsi) Disk /dev/sda: 640GB Sector size (logical/physical): 512B/512B Partition Table: msdos Number Start End Size Type File system Flags 1 1049kB 1574MB 1573MB primary ntfs boot, diag 2 1574MB 598GB 596GB primary ntfs 3 598GB 625GB 27.0GB extended 5 619GB 625GB 6343MB logical Warning: Unable to open /dev/sr0 read-write (Read-only file system). /dev/sr0 has been opened read-only. Error: Can't have a partition outside the disk!
So I really don't know what to do here, it looks like my partition table got completely broken and also grub doesn't work, so I basically cannot boot to neither Windows or Linux, the only positive thing is that I can access my media partition with Windows from the live DVD but I work on my Ubuntu partition and I need access to it at least to restore all the files I had on my download and desktop folders.
any suggestion is welcome.