I have a 2005 dell desktop that was running ubuntu 10.10, when I decided it needed a refurbishment and tried to reload ubuntu 10.10. I first tried, stupidly, to wipe the hard drive so I could start fresh. It didn't work very well and left one of the partitions heavily damaged but not deleted and a very small portion of the NTFS missing. I accidently deleted about 5000 bytes before I realized what was happening and stopped the procces.
I then tried to boot ubuntu 10.10 from a DVD boot disk I made. However whenever I clicked on the 'install' button, it gave me a unfixable error with the operating system and gave me the option to run from the disk to try to fix the problem. I re-installed XP with the re-install disk which came with the computer. I also, stupidly, reformated the C: hard drive. However there were some obvious bugs with XP when it ran, like unfixable resolution, among others.
I have tried a number of ways of installing ubuntu, but none are working. I think that all this leads back to the accidental deletion of part of NTFS. I am wondering if their is a way of rescuing my hardrive or whether a new hard drive may be a better option. I am not really handy with computers and ubuntu has been my first venture out past the boring XP and awful vista, so please try to explain more in laymans terms.
Your drive is certainly not lost forever. You should be able to delete all partition data and let (g)parted create all new partition data...
the problem is when I load the ubuntu boot-disk it gives me a fatal error everytime I try to install, and when I run off of the disk it crashes whenever I try anything more complex than looking through menus. I have no idea why the installer is running in to this trouble but I think it has to do with when I tried to delete the partitions. Thank you very much for the advise thusfar.
yes my computer was running fine beforehand, and yes I've made several copies of ubuntu and all of them come up with the same error. When I open (g)parted i have my boot partition, something called an 'extended partition' and a third partition called 'unknown' which has an exclamation point on it, which I guess indicates an error. thanks.