Losing Windows 8: A Psychological Lesson Learned Partitioning Drives

As I was starting to learn about Linux, I wanted to hop from distro to distro it was fun, I learned a lot very quickly and realized the most important lesson when it comes to computers.

USE GOOGLE BEFORE YOU TRY TO DO SOMETHING!

So, I looked at a few quick tutorials on how to partition my hard drives through windows and I set off on my adventure. At this point I partitioned 60 GB for Ubuntu and a put in my Live CD for installation. Everything went smooth (minus some BiOS configuration I didn’t know was needed) and I got Ubuntu up and running! Sweet, loving it. After a few weeks of messing around with Ubuntu, I realized it wasn’t enough and I stumbled upon Kali Linux, the predecessor to Backtrack 5 and quickly came to the conclusion that I must and will have it.

I burned a Live CD and used GParted to create a partition this time. GParted is the parition editor for most of the Linux distrobutions, and also it works differently from the Windows Partition editors. I thought I knew what I was doing and proceeded to seemingly destroy my computer.

Where I failed and the  consequences:
I created a partition and moved it before my boot.
—This made it so that the GRUB boot loader would start but a kernel emergency would show up when I tried to boot Linux. When I tried to boot Windows I got the blue screen of death.

-I had no idea what had happened and because I was new to this I felt like this was the end of my computer. I found out about booting GParted off of a Live CD, if you have no access to your operating systems, this is the only way to go.
—-This is the link to the ISO for GParted—
http://gparted.sourceforge.net/download.php

-Rather than looking at my partitions and trying to figure out what went wrong, easy enough as it was and easy enough to fix (move the partition for the Kali Linux after the boot partition) I took the reasonable approach and completely formated my hard drive.

-It was at this point that I tried to install my backup of Windows 8, only to realize that it was a bad DVD.  A simple fix to this is: Always remember to make multiple copies of OS’s and to at the very least check to make sure they work before you put them away. This is especially the case if they aren’t open source.

You don’t want to have to many partitions either, if you like to change from OS to OS then your best and safest option would be to try booting off of a virtual drive.

I gotta say though, I have been having a lot of fun after forcing myself to only use Linux. Please though for your own sanity, before you do anything that could potentially destroy your computer or make you lose something that could hold important information or something of sentimental value, google your issues. If you don’t have a computer to do that with, use a phone, go to the library, use a friends computer, anything. I gauruntee, that whatever issue that you are having, a hundred people have faced it as well and ten times that amount have fixed it. So if you aren’t a professional by trade, seek out the free help, it will save you hours of time and you won’t have to have as many headaches.
Christian
Wifes frustation: 10/10Fun had:10/10

Tux, the Linux penguin

Tux, the Linux penguin (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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