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Old 08-12-2003, 12:50 PM   #1
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Angry Win2K boot failure after deleting linux partition


I had Win2K and Red Hat 9 dual booting on a hard disk which was using grub. I tried to repartition the disk using Partition Magic and deleted the Linux partition as I was going to re-intstall it. I was trying to also add a partition for Windows XP so that I could have the 3 OS running together. Now Win2k will not boot and the system hangs at grub prompt. I do not want to lose the data I had on Win 2K and would like to know how I can get it to boot since grub is still trying to take over and linux is now gone. How can I access MBR and edit it to boot the Win 2K.
 
Old 08-12-2003, 01:12 PM   #2
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boot to w2k CD and use the console repair function, where you can type "fixmbr" at the command prompt to fix the w2k master boot record.
 
Old 08-12-2003, 01:13 PM   #3
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boot to the emergency floppy you made when installing Win2k (you did make one right? )
at the prompt type: fdisk /mbr
 
Old 08-12-2003, 01:27 PM   #4
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unfortunately I did not make an emergency floppy. can I make one on another computer that has Win 98 without having to install Win2K on it since I have the setup CD. I also get an error that "the file disk.sys is corrupted" when I boot from Win2K setup disk. I have a Win 98 boot disk and also a Win XP setup disk. Can any of these work?
 
Old 08-12-2003, 01:42 PM   #5
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If it is Win98 SE (second edition) it will work. The first edition fdisk did not have the /mbr switch. The XP (experimental project) disk should also work as it evolved from Win2K.
I should add that when you run this command it won't look like it did anything. It will just return to the prompt, then remove the disk and reboot.

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Old 08-12-2003, 03:18 PM   #6
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boot disk did not work. would you recommend trying to re-install Linux.
 
Old 08-12-2003, 03:21 PM   #7
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try here:

www.bootdisk.com
 
  


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