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my computer had a FC2 and Win XP dual-boot installed on it. It used GRUB 0.93 for the dual boot.
to start with, I am real newbie to linux...and had installed it just coz I wanted to use it for one of my projects.
the partition was: XP - 22 GB and FC2 - 15 GB
I thot, that since I was not using FC2 tht much....I should reformat tht partition for windows again.
My friend who helped me with installing linux, told me to reformat the partition w/o unistalling fedora...and I did it that way.
the reasoning behind it was the XP was the primary OS...also it was installed first and the FC 2...so we thot that jus formatting wud help.
however, after reformatting the FC2 partition and restarting the machine... it now fails to boot windows as well.
I get a command prompt screen...with a grub> prompt and I cant go anywhere frm there.
Is there any way...to boot up my windows ...now tht there is no FC2 on my m/c.????
I hv some imp. data in my windows drive and dont want to reformat and lose it.
Again...I am a newbie...in dire need of some help.
grub is in your mbr and if there is no longer any files as /boot as been formatted you need to use XP cd and rescue mode to overwrite your mbr.
if you have no Xp cd......heh heh.....reinstall the barest linux with a /boot partition of 100 megs
redo grub to allow the ms menu then delete all patitions except /boot and you can have no timeout and no linux entries in that menu
Download Knoppix 3.6 ISO image, write it to a CD and boot from it. In the worst case, you should be able to recover the data from your windows partition before you do anything else to your hard disk like removing or creating new partitions.
Knoppix is a Live Linux distro which means you don't need to install it in a hard disk before you can run it. It is especially useful for recovering unbootable systems. It is downloadable from here.
Last edited by vharishankar; 02-21-2005 at 03:58 AM.