I tried to use testdisk to fix this using these instructions: http://www.cgsecurity.org/wiki/TestDisk_Step_By_Step .
In these instructions at NTFS Boot sector recovery section, it shows a screenshot with bad sector and after this is repaired. On my system both partitions with Windows had 'Boot sector' and 'Backup boot sector' on OK. In my opinion this makes actually sense, as they were working fine until installing Linux Mint. Even so, I have used the option 'Rebuild BS' for sda5 , without success though.
Now I have used the tool to write the MBR Code and at restart it displays: " 1234F: "
Hitting 1 ,3 or 4 returns the same immediately, hitting 'F' makes the cursor go to the next line for a while and then " 1234F " is shown again.
Hitting 2 brings the cursor to the next line and it stays like that.
The only way to get back to boot Linux again is to run the boot-repair utility from Linux, which enables to repair/reset grub (which I understand is a kind of boot manager for Linux).
The partitions look like this:
Code: Select all
============================ Drive/Partition Info: ============================= Drive: sda _____________________________________________________________________ Disk /dev/sda: 160.0 GB, 160041885696 bytes 255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 19457 cylinders, total 312581808 sectors Units = sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes Partition Boot Start Sector End Sector # of Sectors Id System /dev/sda1 * 63 20,964,824 20,964,762 83 Linux /dev/sda2 20,964,825 312,560,639 291,595,815 f W95 Extended (LBA) /dev/sda5 20,964,888 62,910,539 41,945,652 7 NTFS / exFAT / HPFS /dev/sda6 62,910,603 125,821,079 62,910,477 7 NTFS / exFAT / HPFS /dev/sda7 125,821,143 188,731,619 62,910,477 7 NTFS / exFAT / HPFS /dev/sda8 188,731,683 312,560,639 123,828,957 7 NTFS / exFAT / HPFS
If needed, a detailed summary file generated by the boot-repair tool from Linux here: http://paste.ubuntu.com/23419847/
I would appreciate if you can help me make all 3 operating systems available for booting again using testdisk. I really hoped that writing MBR Code would fix it..
I have asked for help in the ubuntu/boot-repair forum and I was told that "Boot Repair will not repair the Windows boot" .