I've got a huge problem... I reinstalled Windows XP once again, but made the mistake of starting the very first phase of the installation with the wrong drive (my Linux drive) set as the main. The setup only got through copying its temporary files (still on that blue screen white letters phase) and didn't get past there before I realized it was using the wrong drive. And in the setup, even though I selected my windows drive as the installation directory, windows somehow managed to screw things up, badly. I'm pretty much clueless as to what exactly it did, but here's the scoop.
I'm under the Linux Mint 7 (Gloria, Main Edition) live cd, and I noticed a peculiar thing. When I look at the Partition Manager, it says that my -entire- 500GB drive is "unallocated." (This is the drive that was set as the main boot device when I started to install windows.) My 500GB drive is divided into three parts. Roughly 460GB is dedicated to general storage as the drive titled "storage bay" and the other 40GB is my Linux Filesystem, a few hundred megabytes of which is also partitioned separately as my swap partition.
What I don't understand is how I can fully access both partitions on my 500GB drive, yet the Partition Manager claims the entire drive to be "unallocated". I don't understand what's going on.
I've prepared these screenshots to show you what's going on. I hope they help.http://img6.imageshack.us/img6/8264/partitionmanager.pnghttp://img142.imageshack.us/img142/2302/twodrives.png