Well, I have stepped in it this time and boy could I use some help. Setup an XP/7 dual boot on two partitions on same drive. All good. Removed XP boot entry with easybcd. All good. Set 7 partition to Active. All good. Booting to 7 worked fine with the old XP partition still on the disk. Using GParted, removed the XP partition and grew the 7 partition. Upon restart got the expected error not able to find the windows partition, please insert your install CD and repair. Proceeded to to do just that BUT, the install hangs at the Starting Windows screen. Occasional HDD light flickers. Flag still pulsating. I left it for 2 hours with no change. Pulled the drive and put it in a Vista machine. Vista boots but goes to black screen after the progress bar goes away just before you would get the login screen. Booted a Fedora 10 live CD and tried to access the drive to remove files I need. (yep I backed them up but the 7 recovery disk locks up as well in the same spot the install disk does). Fedora says it can't mount the drive as the ntfs file system is reporting it's in use. Possibly due to an improper shutdown. Any help please. Normally I would reformat and reinstall but I don't have a way to get my files back if I do that even from the image as the image was for two partitions on the same drive. Thanks in advance.