One off job helping with Linux partition

Guinevere Nell guinevere.nell at
Fri Jan 10 11:41:16 GMT 2014

James - you are right, I can do this myself. The restore is working (no
files lost, made sure before trying!) and so now I can safely try again,
breaking windows as often as I need to until I get Linux installed. I was
just scared of losing papers and books due to my publisher, so thought i
should seek help- but the backup works. Thanks for replying, anyway.

On Thursday, January 9, 2014, Guinevere Nell wrote:

> Thanks James! You deserve a pint!
> I do not have a cd drive. I installed from a USB, it allowed me to
> partition and then gave me the error during install. Then, after I tried
> again using net install, and got same error, it suddenly would not let me
> boot into windows or Linux, it just goes to the bios boot screen. Using
> a bootable windows 8 I can get to troubleshooting options, but I am very
> nervous about losing critical files, so I have not tried to reinstall
> windows - my backed up data is giving me permissions errors when I try to
> access from another computer... I took the backup using Macrium software.
> There are now a few partitions - windows plus 3 Linux partitions I
> created. I believe the backup has all the files tho I have not been able to
> confirm, given the permissions errors. Hopefully I have answered all your
> questions - thanks so much!!
> On Thursday, January 9, 2014, James Laver wrote:
>> On 9 Jan 2014, at 19:34, Guinevere Nell <guinevere.nell at> wrote:
>> > Hi all,
>> Hi,
>> I’m having a little bit of difficulty following here.
>> > I am a latent perl programmer (was in the day, YAPC 19100, etc) -
>> > it's been a few, um 5 or 6, years since i have coded regularly - and
>> I've
>> > just tried installing Ubuntu on my windows 8 machine with no success -
>> had
>> > no cd drive and it complained and then won't let me boot in -
>> Are you saying that you do not have a CD drive? How did you try and
>> install umbongo without one - usb key? Or are you instead saying that you
>> booted into umbongo, it told you you didn’t have a CD drive then kicked you
>> out and now you can’t get back in to either OS?
>> If you’ve got a backup, how did you take it? Assuming everything you
>> require is in that backup, I think you should be able to sort this out
>> yourself without too much hassle. So the questions:
>> - How many partitions are currently on that disk?
>> - Are any of them bootable at all?
>> - How did you attempt the installation? USB key?
>> - Which image did you download and how did you write that to whatever
>> installation medium?
>> - Do you have a CD drive?
>> - Does the backup have all of the files you need?
>> James
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