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A while back I installed Fedora Core 1 on an old hard drive set as slave to a primary Win XP drive. Did it mainly so I could mess around with RT Java. Anyhow, I'm trying to get rid of the slave drive now because I'm giving the machine away and the recipient would like their own slave HD in there. But GRUB is getting in my way- if I just pull the slave drive out, I get a blank GRUB prompt that is completely unresponsive. What's worse, it seems that sometime between then and now, Linux broke- it just refuses to take me to the login screen. Thus I can only boot up anything either from a recovery disk (doesn't help a whole lot) or with both drives in there, in which case I can load Windows.
So the question is, is it possible to deal with GRUB from Windows XP (the only OS I can boot) and get this piece of junk back to its old single Win XP drive status?
I'd actually already tried that. It does result in something different, but it still doesn't work. Instead of getting the GRUB prompt right away, I get errors saying that a primary partition can't be found, and then the GRUB prompt. I've tried changing around the drive position and jumper settings, and the only result is that sometimes (in the wrong settings) the GRUB prompt doesn't even show.
I'd actually already tried that. It does result in something different, but it still doesn't work. Instead of getting the GRUB prompt right away, I get errors saying that a primary partition can't be found, and then the GRUB prompt.
Um... the windows fixboot just overwrites the content of the MBR so that the windows bootloader is there.
In the original install - where was grub installed to? MBR, or a partition on hda?
OR - maybe this is a EFI drive?
It will be conceptually easier to reinstall windows.
Technically, if the windows drive has a vfat partition, one could install the grub.conf file there ... and have grub boot windows?
Yeah, it's been several years since I installed Fedora, and probably about a year since I last booted it up (which is why I didn't realize until now that it was broke). I have no idea where I put the install disks.
GRUB was on another hard drive, not a partition. There was also a vFAT partition on the Windows drive.
I reinstalled Windows and it seems to be working now. Thanks to all those that volunteered their expertise here- you're all impressively knowledgeable.