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Triple Boot WIN 7/8 and Linux

  1. #1


    India
    Posts : 5
    Windows 8 Pro x64, Windows 7 Ultimate

    Triple Boot WIN 7/8 and Linux


    I installed Windows 8 few days and found that the partition on which I had installed linux is Empty.
    Previously I had Win 7 and linux on dual boot. Win 7 was on different hard drive and Linux was in different hard drive. I have installed Windows 8 on the same hard drive where linux was installed though the partitions are different. I checked disk management and it shows the Linux partition- Empty. Also the Visual BCD doesn't shows the linux loader. just win 7 n 8. So Is it possible to get back the files on the linux partition anyhow? If not, then Will Win 8 be affected if I install linux again?( just as linux was deleted when I installed Win 8)

    I have attached screenshots of Disk Management and Visual BCD.
    The First partition is where I installed Linux.

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  2. #2


    Posts : 12
    win 8, win 7, ubuntu 12, osx lion


    sorry for your loss... but microsoft isnt...
    i have 2 hard drives in my laptop. i use terabyte bootit to manage them.
    there are many os's on the main drive (1) and data and backups on the drive in the dvd bay (0).
    windows 8 will try to make a separate boot partition on drive 0 wherever that is. as long i have my nfts partition there, it will leave it alone and put the boot files in there also. i then just copy the files back again and edit the bcd.
    if drive 0 is empty or first partition is unrecognised, windows will make its own partition, overwriting what was there.
    is that what happened?
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  3. #3


    India
    Posts : 5
    Windows 8 Pro x64, Windows 7 Ultimate


    Quote Originally Posted by gazzacbr View Post
    sorry for your loss... but microsoft isnt...
    i have 2 hard drives in my laptop. i use terabyte bootit to manage them.
    there are many os's on the main drive (1) and data and backups on the drive in the dvd bay (0).
    windows 8 will try to make a separate boot partition on drive 0 wherever that is. as long i have my nfts partition there, it will leave it alone and put the boot files in there also. i then just copy the files back again and edit the bcd.
    if drive 0 is empty or first partition is unrecognised, windows will make its own partition, overwriting what was there.
    is that what happened?
    not exactly that, but what you said happened to me before. boot Loader showed both 7 and 8. But Windows 7 was not booting up. I solved it as u said by copying the files back again. But there are no signs of Linux present anywhere

    In my case, Drive 1 with 235gb partition had linux but its showing me 100% empty and also no boot loader is present. This happened after I installed Win 8.
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  4. #4


    Sofia
    Posts : 135
    XP, Win7, Win8_Eval


    To view the Linux/ext3/ext4 partition - use "ext2fsd" utility.
    It installs a driver in Windows and after you map the partition
    you can use Windows Explorer to view contents of ext2/ext3/ext4 file system (Linux file system).

    To create a loader for Linux:
    1. Copy file /boot/grub/boot.img to c: (Windows root folder)
    2. Create boot sector loader (using right click in Visual BCD)
    3. Amend drive and path in boot sector loader to point to c:\boot.img
    (double click drive element - edit, dbl click path element - edit)

    boot.img contains Linux boot sector code (for GRUB2)
    for GRUB Legacy (earlier Linux versions) the boot sector code is "stage1"
    See detail explanations - Dual boot Windows 7 and Linux/UNIX

    Next version (0.9.4) of Visual BCD will create Linux loaders automatically (just click and select from list).
    Release of next version is planned soon.
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  5. #5


    India
    Posts : 5
    Windows 8 Pro x64, Windows 7 Ultimate


    Quote Originally Posted by boyans View Post
    To view the Linux/ext3/ext4 partition - use "ext2fsd" utility.
    It installs a driver in Windows and after you map the partition
    you can use Windows Explorer to view contents of ext2/ext3/ext4 file system (Linux file system).

    To create a loader for Linux:
    1. Copy file /boot/grub/boot.img to c: (Windows root folder)
    2. Create boot sector loader (using right click in Visual BCD)
    3. Amend drive and path in boot sector loader to point to c:\boot.img
    (double click drive element - edit, dbl click path element - edit)

    boot.img contains Linux boot sector code (for GRUB2)
    for GRUB Legacy (earlier Linux versions) the boot sector code is "stage1"
    See detail explanations - Dual boot Windows 7 and Linux/UNIX

    Next version (0.9.4) of Visual BCD will create Linux loaders automatically (just click and select from list).
    Release of next version is planned soon.
    Thanks a lot boyans. This solved my problem and also got my files back
    now I can access Win 7/8 and linux

    Glad to have such people in this forum.. Cheers !!
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  6. #6


    Sofia
    Posts : 135
    XP, Win7, Win8_Eval


    nirmit14, you are welcome.
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