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Partitioning / Boot Loader Problems

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May 31, 2010 11:39:36 AM

Hello,

I have a computer with an 80GB Hard Drive on it. This HDD had XP on a 50GB Partition, and Linux on a 30GB Partition, installed so I can choose between either operating system with Grub when I boot up.

Well, I didn't want Linux anymore, so I used Norton Partition Magic to delete the Linux partition. Now, when I boot, GRUB loads and it just says 'unknown filesystem' and then 'GRUB rescue'.

Obviously I didn't realize the GRUB started with Linux first, so now I'm screwed and can't boot.

How do I fix this? Do I have to put in the Ubuntu CD and reinstall Linux on my now blank partition, or can I just somehow remove Grub and get back directly into Windows?
May 31, 2010 12:13:16 PM

Google "fixmbr".
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May 31, 2010 2:33:44 PM

So what if I don't have the XP installation disc and Recovery Console evidently wasn't pre-installed?

Could I plug the HDD into my other PC with Vista on it and then modify boot.ini on the XP Drive or something like that?
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June 1, 2010 10:34:49 AM

Anybody?
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June 1, 2010 6:53:00 PM

raybob95 said:
Anybody?



Google for and download RC.iso which is the Recovery Console and which needs to be burned - not copied - to a CD or flash drive to make it workable. Alternatively, and better still since Windows probably won't repair this, use a Live CD of Ubuntu or similar to repair Grub by ticking to make Windows the default. That way, any other systems won't trouble you again.


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June 1, 2010 8:11:48 PM

Saga Lout said:

Google for and download RC.iso which is the Recovery Console and which needs to be burned - not copied - to a CD or flash drive to make it workable. Alternatively, and better still since Windows probably won't repair this, use a Live CD of Ubuntu or similar to repair Grub by ticking to make Windows the default. That way, any other systems won't trouble you again.



Thanks, I'll try the RC.iso image and see if it works, thanks.

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June 2, 2010 6:15:13 AM

raybob95 said:
Thanks, I'll try the RC.iso image and see if it works, thanks.


[#0005ff]The fixes you're looking for in there will be FIXMBR, FIXBOOT and in extreme circumstances, BOOTCFG but I doubt Grub will survive any of those actions so you may never get back into Ubuntu. If that's important to you, try the second part of my posted advice first. I'll switch systems in an hour or so and check the exact location of the file menu.lst and post it back - if Mr. Linux doesn't beat me to it.[/#000ff]
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June 2, 2010 6:27:14 AM

Second thoughts - my Ubuntu box is tied up today but in PCLinuxOS - another KDE environment - the file is in root/boot//grub and opens in K-Write but only as Root - you'd need to change permissions in an ordinary account.
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June 2, 2010 10:40:11 AM

Cool, I download RC.iso off some website, burned it to a disc, plugged my CD drive in the other PC, typed in 'fixmbr' and it fixed it right away. Oh and I definitely don't need Ubuntu, that's how I got into this mess was using PartitionMagic in XP to just wipe the Ubuntu partition because I didn't want it anymore.

Thanks!
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June 2, 2010 1:51:12 PM

raybob95 said:
Cool, I download RC.iso off some website, burned it to a disc, plugged my CD drive in the other PC, typed in 'fixmbr' and it fixed it right away. Oh and I definitely don't need Ubuntu, that's how I got into this mess was using PartitionMagic in XP to just wipe the Ubuntu partition because I didn't want it anymore.

Thanks!


You're welcome - very handy that little RC tool, especially in XP Home which routinely came without the Console.
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