Topic: NTFS resize problem fixed - drive works, yet 100% 'unallocated'!
I first posted my typical NTFS resize problem here :
and after more research on this site I noticed that it was posted in the wrong forum, and that there was a solution 'tutorial'. So I used that to edit the PBR, and I got the drive back with WinXP intact. I used GParted to make 3 partitions, and except for a few Meg 'unallocated' space before my partitions (the MBR? PBR?), it was OK. I booted to WinXP and it was fine with all 3 partitions. I ran WinXP checkdisk and also a disk checker built into the BIOS and neither reported errors.
But then I couldnt leave well enough alone, I figured that since these 'sizes' were fixed, I should be able to run Partition Magic v8.01 without the initial "Init failed: Error 117" error I found, so I ran PM. It ran and 'fixed' some inconsistencies, and then hung, needing a hard power off to reboot the machine. PM will now hang the machine every time.
OK, so then I wanted to see if GParted still likes my drive. It now says the ENTIRE drive is unallocated, even though there are 3 partitions and WinXP boots fine.
So, I really dont have any more partitioning work to do, but this kinda bugs me that something is 'wrong' with my drive/partitions. I dont know if whatever is messed up now will come back to bite me later, when I have the machine totally configured w/critical data, apps etc.
Should I just leave it alone? Or should I repair whats wrong so GParted can correctly read my drive? Of course I can only do that with help from here. I will totally abandon PartitionMagic in favor of GParted for this machine.
Thanks for any help...