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Removed Linux partition, can't boot into XP

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  • Hard Drives
  • Linux
  • Partition
  • Boot
  • Windows XP
  • Storage
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June 7, 2009 1:29:07 AM

Hi,

I have a WD 320GB SATA drive, and had a Linux partition that I was not using and an XP partition. The master boot record had GRUB on it, and would prompt me for the boot device every time. The Linux installation did not play nice with my RAID controller so I abandoned it, but missed the 100GB it was taking up.

So, I decided to remove GRUB by opening the recovery console in C and typing the following:
fixboot c:
fixmbr

Rebooted, and GRUB was still there. I went to the Windows disk manager in XP and reformatted the Linux partition as NTFS.

Now when I try to boot, I get the "Reboot and select a proper boot device or insert boot media in selected boot device a" error. Running fixmbr, fixboot, and bootcfg/rebuild does not fix it. Any help?

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June 7, 2009 3:16:58 AM

Fixed. Had to install a second copy of Windows on the 100GB partition to fix the MBR, then once I booted into my normal XP partition, I formatted the other one.
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