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I have 2 harddisks. Windows XP is on C and SuSe linux is on D drive. when i had a prob with windows i had to format C drive and reinstall windows. but when i did that , i realized mbr is also deleted so i cant boot the linux partition. i have very imprortant data in there. Plus i dont have the SuSe linux CD's. is there a way to create a boot disk?
Distribution: Mandrake linux 10.0 official, Knoppix 2004 bootable, Phat Linux XP
I dont know if this would work or not, it depends on whether or not the SuSe hd had any boot info.
BE WARNED you have to open up your pc to do this.
With the ide cables for your hard disks, switch them around so that ur d becomes c and c becomes d.
You probably think why not just change bios to boot from d but for some reason this dont work.
Otherwise as suggested by sheema, knoppix would be useful (a CD bootable version of linux based on mdk). It will let you access your drives.
i can download it. but there are lots of softwares and stuff there and it will take time with my slow internet connection. is there any other way? btw thanks alot. if i dont have another choice i will try to download knoppix.
When i have that problem, i insert the slackware installation cd and when it asks for kernel parameteres i just add "root=/dev/hdXX"
I suppose you could do the same with you suse cd and add "root=/dev/hdb1"
this should boot your linux partition, altough you will not have your kernel modules, but should be enough to have a command line and run lilo or grub
well you shoulda made a boot disk tsk tsk. (im kidding with ya, i dont even have a floppy drive to make one myself)
You may be able to pull off what Hiper suggested, otherwise start downloading Knoppix.....besides think of it this way....everyone should own a cd bootable linux distro, theyre soo convenient for situations like this.