Originally Posted by koala996
ouch that sucks ... pof have you been able to dual boot and do you think that it's an isolate issue?
yes, he has overwritten the HPA because he did a wrong partitioning. I'm sending him mine so he can recover.
To avoid breaking things you have two choices when partitioning the Shift:
1) Understand how the HPA works in the Shift, so you just need to avoid overwriting the last 3GiB (3.2 GB) of your 40 GB HDD.
2) Make any changes to the partition table using a "dumb" system like Vista, which doesn't see the the HPA, so doesn't allow you to screw it.
And for really newbie people, the best is to use wubi-installer
, which does not require you to modify the partitions on the shift, as it installs ubuntu as if it was a windows program.
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