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Re: [SLE] GRUB fried _ MS-DOS fdisk /mbr
  • From: Stephen W <winstephen@xxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 3 Jun 2004 15:16:42 -0700 (PDT)
  • Message-id: <20040603221642.28571.qmail@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Thanks all of you...

The HD was not gone ... just the MBR

Doug, thanks for that lead....

You can be sure Win has its own way of doing it ...
took a little looking but the correct input was:

fdisk /mbr

It repaired what I used to know as C drive (that was
the dual boot source for the SuSE and the Win98 OS).
I now have RH 9 on one drive, SuSE 8.2 on one drive,
and Win98 on another (the 4th disk was an old Win HD
with old docs, etc).

Now to resurrect the GRUB on C... I will let you know
how it goes... by the way this is being written on the
old Win system... and EGAD is it slow to connect and
d/l anything... I will need to shut down and
reconfigure everything...

Thanks again people

Excuse the top posting...

I am out of here..

--- Doug McGarrett <dmcgarrett@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> On Thursday 03 June 2004 16:06, Stephen W wrote:
> > People, I'm learning ... Thanks for our help. Now
> I
> > have been able to access 3 of the drives seen by
> my
> > bios (Master Primary, Master Slave and Secondary
> > Slave... the Secondary Master is still missing to
> > linux).
> >
> /snip/
> IF the old Windows disk was NOT formatted in NTFS,
> and you have a dos boot floppy with fdisk on it,
> then boot
> off the floppy and then issue the command fdisk -mbr
> This should reinitialise the master boot record if
> the disk
> is really functional. It will destroy any
> multi-boot stuff
> of course. But you'll be able to read the drive.
> There are one or two dos programs that will read
> anything
> readable on a drive, as long as it is turning and
> the heads
> will move, but I don't know offhand what they are.
> I have
> actually seen one of them work!
> >
> > I can access files on the old linux disk (SuSE)
> and
> > one of my old Windows disks. I am still not able
> to
> > access the old primary Windows disk (which in the
> old
> > system was C) and the one I am not able to dual
> boot
> > from... this is what started all of this... when I
> > tried to boot the old system one day I got this
> error
> > message:
> >
> > GRUB hard disk failure...
> >
> /snip/
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