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  1. This is exactly what I did, so I'm a little perplexed as to how my drive got into this shape. I've been attempting recovery with the Testdisk utility on the GParted Live CD for most of the evening. I believe I have made a little progress as I now see two NTFS partitions in GParted. I also still see 199GB of unallocated space between the two NTFS partitions, but I'm hopeful since I am at least seeing two NTFS partitions. I don't know how this happened to begin with, but at this point I'm to the point where I don't care anymore. IF I decide to make another attempt at OS X, I will definitely be using a separate physical drive. I think my current partition table/disk issue is outside the scope of the OSx86 project. I was initially hoping this had happened to someone else here and there would be an easy fix, but I'm starting to think something else went wrong and may have caused this. I appreciate your response, but I will likely take this issue to another community that is more tailored to data recovery and HDD issues. If I attempt OS X again, I'll be back here if I have any problems though.
  2. Hello, I'm new to the Hackintosh scene, but not new to dual booting and tinkering in general. I've dual booted Windows XP, 7, 8 RP, and some Linux distros at various points in the past. My hardware is dated, but capable. Hardware: OC'd Intel E2160 CPU @2.4GHz (for about 5 years now with no issues) Abit IP-35e MB 6GB of GSkill DDR2 (not OC'd) MSI GTX460 v2 OCZ Vertex 2 SSD (60GB) WD 640GB SATA HDD (3 partitions - Win 7, Mac, Storage) My primary OS is/was... Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit. I had a dual boot set up with Windows 8 RP, but I never used 8 as I don't like it. I got to reading again about the Hackintosh scene a couple of days ago and realized that people have had success with my hardware. I initially tried installing iATKOS S3 v2 in VMWare Workstation 8. I got to the stage of installation where I was formatting the virtual disk, but it was taking a very long time, so I decided to just blow away the VM and try a native install of iATKOS S3 v2 onto my Windows 8 partition. I had already formatted my 8 partition from within 7 before I tried the VMWare method. I was storing the virtual disk on the old 8 partition (appx. 50GB). I don't know if this is relevant, but I'm trying to be thorough, I opened EasyBCD and deleted the entry for 8. Next I burned and booted iATKOS. I went with the defaults expecting that it would probably not install successfully, but hoping that it may. I figured I would go back and try again, researching the options more thoroughly, if it failed to install. I was surprised when it said that it installed successfully. I then rebooted and was taken to what I assume is the Chameleon boot screen. It shows my Mac partition that I installed to, and it shows my SSD, which isn't bootable (it just has games on it). OS X will not boot. I haven't done too much troubleshooting on that. I decided that I would work on that tomorrow. In the meantime, I wanted to get my Win 7 bootable. I tried this, but when I got to "list partition" it only shows the Mac partition. I then read that I probably just need to repair the Windows installation. I tried the automated repair option, but it said that it could not repair it. It said the system volume was corrupted. Then I read somewhere else that I may just need to mark the Windows 7 partition "active". So I booted GParted. I figured this would be an easy fix. Unfortunately, this is where things have gotten very bad. GParted only shows my 50GB Mac partition on the HDD. The remainder of the disk is shown as "unallocated". I'm worried that I've lost all of my data. I did not format anything other than the Mac (old Win 8) partition. I didn't perform any operations on the other partitions. I've got GParted scanning for file systems on the drive right now for data recovery. I'm not too well versed on disks. I'm hoping it's something that can be repaired like a table or something. The data should still be there. I do have a partial backup, but I wasn't able to backup the entire drive because my backup drive is too small. I don't think there is anything on the drive that would be disastrous if lost, but I would REALLY like to be able to recover. If anyone has any ideas or suggestions, I'll give it a try. GParted has been scanning for probably 30 minutes now. I have to go to bed because I work tomorrow, so I guess I'll let GParted run overnight. Thanks in advance.