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Old 04-19-2005, 09:29 AM   #1
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upgraded hard drive - distros won't boot

I had a 14.4gb hard drive installed with Win98SE on a primary partition and 3 Linux distros on logical partitions (hda5, hda6, hda7, swap hda8).

All are ReiserFS files sytems.

I used Acronis Partition Manager to clone that drive to a larger drive (120gb Seagate ATA). I kept the same partition arrangement. I then removed the 14.4gb hdd.

I am using Boot Magic as the boot manager.

Upon bootup, I cannot launch any of the distros. All hang immediately and it appears the Boot Magic is pointing to the respective boot sector on the root partition but nothing is there. I get no error indications, just a system hang.

I can see all 3 distro filesystems fine if I boot from Knoppix and all look OK.

Obviously, just cloning the partitions is not the whole answer. What can I do to get these distros going?


Old 04-20-2005, 02:02 AM   #2
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It seems to me that you need to change your boot manager and stop using
Bootmagic to choose between either LILO or GRUB.
If, as I understand, your Win98SE is on a primary partition, there
should not be any problem. You must have Lilo or Grub booting from
the master boot sector of your drive.
The easiest thing could be to install yet another distro and use its
boot loader, which should hopefully recognise the whole.


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