I wanted to improve performance on my laptop, so I decided to do PC Restore in my dell laptop. My system was damn slow, and I got fedup with all the hangings and the end nows.
So It took me a whole day to convert my data into winrar, and move it to another laptop using my 512 mb flash drive. Now you might ask, why in God's name would i want to move it to another laptop, when I have cd burner on this one itself. well, when I checked with the cd burner of the second laptop, I found out that it has dvd burner too. Now, I dont know fully about this system, because it is my husband's office laptop, given to continue his office work at home.
Anyways, I found out that the seond system has dvd burner in it, and each dvd can hold 4.7 gig of data. So I winrared my important data and copied it to the second system. After every data was safely secured, I added the folder to dvd burner, and clicked "RECORD". This error message popped up on the screen. "NO SUITABLE SOFTWARE FOUND FOR BURNING DVD."
Great just great. I had to save all the data in six 700mb-cds, which took about another four hours.
Now that all my data is safe on cds, I prayed to God, and rebooted the laptop, entered ctrl+f11 when it was booting. Seems I dint hit the keys at the appropriate time. So the system went straight to user login screen, and I had to reboot again.
Finally the PC Restore screen came up. I prayed once again that the system shouldnt mess up, and confirmed the restore.
It took about 10 minutes only for the whole process. The system rebooted, and went through some basic formalities. Lo and presto my lappy is fast again. *whew*.
I should have stopped there. But I dint. I want to install freebsd as the second operating system. So I installed partion magic, and tried to partition the disk from only c: to c:, e:, f: g: with g: for freebsd.
But as I was partioning, I found out, that only c: could be primary partition in my drive. The others became logical drives. I read online that freebsd could be installed only on a primary partition. So I was trying different techniques to bring about atleast one extra partition as primary. But in vain.
Finally I thought If I could first bring down the size of c:, then I could later partion the rest using windows disk management. So unfortunately, I reduced the size of C: to 7gb, and rebooted as asked by the disk manager.
The lappy rebooted, and proceeded to resize c:. As it was proceeding, I had an instinct to cancel, and go back. If humans start listening to their instincts, then half of their problems will be solved. As humans err, I too failed to listen to my inner voice, and waited until the resizing became 100%.
Then started my problems. After resizing, I went back, and after trial and error, found out that
i could not create another primary partion,
could not increase the c: size because it cant be done in NTFS,
and could not hence install freebsd.
Depressed, I switched off my system with a small hope that there might be an online shell available to work on unix commands, atleast. Instead I found wubi ubuntu installer
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