Thanks for the advice guys. I've run gpart and only my Mint and Ubuntu Studio patrtitions are still there and there is no free space. I made sure I did everything right. Tried to resize my Ubuntu, created space on my hardrive, created a partition formatted it and tried to install Mint on it.
What actually happened, was I removed the first partition with my windows restore partition and removed my windows partition and put Mint on the space that they occupied. I've got backup dvds for my windows (although I've never read how to do it) shortly after it was brand new with all my software installed on it. And all my pics and music and videos have been backed up.
The irony now, is I have a perfect Mint install; it'll even play dvds! I believe though, that I need to install Windows onto the first partition on the drive, so I have to wipe Mint to get Windows back, and the only reason i need windows is to run Virtual Dj. oh well...
tia from Toad.
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