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Accidently installed MBR to external hard drive

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Last response: in Storage
March 27, 2007 6:41:43 PM

I somehow installed a MBR to my external hard drive and now it's conflicting with my main hard drive and OS. If I start up with the external hard drive on it hangs after the splash. If I start up without it turned on I blue screen and restart. How can I get rid of the MBR on my external hard drive?

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a b G Storage
March 28, 2007 2:08:29 PM

I would hook it up to a Linux computer or load a Linux LiveCD (maybe Knoppix would work), copy the contents to another drive and re-partition it.
If you have a Mac, that would probably work too.
March 28, 2007 2:26:57 PM

remove external
boot to windows cd
repair console

a google search for remove mbr will turn up plenty of useful tools and commands to delete the mbr from the external.
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a b G Storage
March 28, 2007 2:53:34 PM

If you follow sandmanwn instructions, you may be able to boot into Windows and you may be able to copy the files and re-partition the drive after Windows is loaded.
I am concerned about the boot drive changing partition type.
March 28, 2007 3:27:34 PM

indeed, it can sometimes be a crap shoot with fixmbr.