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  • kingvercetti

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Posted 23 October 2008 - 07:11 PM

So, I decided I wanted to try out a proper non-virtualised install of Mandriva One 2009, I got my copy ready, slow burned it and tested the CD in a virtual machine just to be sure; no problems there.
I popped into Windows disk management to shrink 50GB of space off my E:\ drive whith all my personal stuff on, and I got this message:

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Windows must have realised I was about to install Linux, heh. So in the Disk Management I was left with this:
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As you can see, it says my E:\ partition is untouched, it's original size of 298.09GB. diskpart also gives me the same result:

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Now my problem is:
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My Computer tells me that it's only 250GB, it's acting like that 50GB was actually shrunk off, only the unpartitioned space is nowhere to be found. So what's the crack? Have I got 50GB of unpartitioned space or my original 300 gig partition, and either way, how can I make disk management/My Computer show the proper size? I've ran CHKDSK on the disk by the way, came up with nothing, and both disks are indentical Samsung 320GB HDDs, previously used in a RAID0 setup before I formatted them both seperately.

Now, my second problem is possibly related, but I suspect not. When I try to boot the Mandriva Live CD, I get the the graphic GRUB menu no worries, hit enter to boot Mandrive Live 2009 like the option says, then once I reach the graphical progress bar with the Mandriva background it just sits there, for about 10 minutes, until it eventually gives me a console error about a missing file. But I'm pretty certain it's something to do with the DVD drive saying as as soon it has to start loading files, the disc stops spinning completely, and I had the same problem back when this drive was in a Dell XPS system. I also should note that while I can install Windows fine, it literally takes 10 minutes between each of the clickthrough screens. Would I be right in suspecting the DVD drive, and is there a solution? As I remember from the Dell, using a text based Linux installer doesn't work either.

Oh and I'm using Vista Home Prem x64, if it matters.

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