A lot of you are aware by now of my
-The fact that people get modded up for making the exact same design criticisms I've made, in different contexts.
-The fact that I gain hordes of freaks and downmods whenever I discuss my experience.
-The fact that I have to read about how "easy" Ubuntu is.
-All the stories I see of people talking about their multiple hard drives, while they acted like I was a freak from a different planet for having more than one HD on my setup.
-The fact that the install process hasn't been updated per my recommendations (make sure everyone installing has the necessary tools for fixing the problem of being locked out BEFORE they go through with it; making sure GRUB isn't HIGHLY RECOMMENDED if someone can load their OS by picking a different drive to boot from), or, if it has, I have not received a gold-plated apology.
But with help from my brother, I was able to regain access to Windows, which I have used all through today.
I thought the story was over. All of you thought the story was over. It's not.
Yesterday, I was looking at my 3rd hard drive's free space, and I saw that there was still about 60 gigs allocated to the Ubuntu partition. So, I decided to go into disk manager and delete that partition. But after I did it, suddenly, the Windows side is recognized as "free space" as well.
I turned off the computer and disconnected the third hard drive. Then I downloaded Partition Magic (on advice from my brother), then turned it off again, reconnected, and turned it back on and opened PM. It identified several problems with the boot sector on the 3rd HD, all of which were made through the Ubuntu CD. It corrected them, but Windows still sees it as being all "free space", but still partitioned. In the hope of salvaging the data on this hard drive, for now I have disconnected it again, and will meet with my brother in the future to see what we can do to correct it. In the mean time, I'm doing without the 160 gigs of data.
You couldn't leave me alone, could you, Ubuntu?