Hi, thanks for the responses. Here's some more detail on this: I had a dualboot, WinXP and Fedora Core 3. I decided I wanted to resize the XP NTFs partition. Bad idea. The computer gave me an error half way through, and now when I try to boot XP, I get a blue screen. Linux, however, still works. I've tried disk doctors and everything, but it's not even reading the Windows partition.
I ghosted the HD a few weeks before this event to my "backup" modular drive. I try to boot it now, but it hangs - I get "GRUB" in the upper left hand corner of a blackened screen, and some ASCII characters in the lower right hand side. So, it doesn't boot. However, I have a third hard drive lying around, that I formatted and put on WinXP. I put in my ghosted drive into the modular slot, and booted this spare 3d HD. Sure enough, I can see all my files etc. on the ghosted modular drive. So I assume it was just the MBR that didn't ghost properly.
So my problem now is getting this to work. I have a hard time with creating boot disks, because the modular "ghosted" drive takes the place of my floppy drive. I could try to move it to the internal drive, but that take a lot of work and eventually I know I'm going to drop the drive or something.
My question was specifically about restoring that MBR, since I assume that's the only thing that's wrong. If I use the Fedora installation CD, can I write over that MBR, and if that fails, will it somehow kill the parition? Is there any chance of that hapenning?
I'd like to just copy over the old Windows partition, but it's NTFS so I can't do it in Linux. I can't boot it, so I can't do it in Windows either.
Oh, when I get the grub menu on the "broken" hd, I try to boot the modular drive (I change (hd0,0) to (hd1,0) but nothing like that works...)
Let me also say that, although I'd like to keep Linux, it's not the end of the world if I don't - I already have a backup of it working 100% on the "broken" HD. Once I get my Windows working again, I can just reinstall it, then ghost it over to take the place of the newly reinstalled one.
Last edited by ziphem; 01-31-2005 at 01:52 PM.