[ubuntu] No longer boots after trying to partition- going over to the dark side

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http://ubuntuforums.org – After 2 years of running Ubuntu I am about to format my drive to install Windows XP to run Ableton Live. I have tried Jack audio first but after a week of messing around trying to get my UA-4fx to work with Jack Audio, I scrapped that. I was hoping to dual boot Ubuntu 12 but when I tried to begin to format my partition using my old Ubuntu 11 live CD , fdisk failed. "error creating partition table" with a bunch of the output that I didn't copy and paste because I had not setup internet on the machine. gparted now read everything as unallocated space. Could no longer mount my har (Hardware)