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Old 01-01-2010, 07:50 PM   #1
amiejay
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Unhappy GRUB won't boot into windows 7, and windows 7 recovery erases ubuntu...


Whenever I select Windows 7 under GRUB, it just hangs at a flashing underscore
windows 7 is installed under my first primary partition, what should the GRUB section look like for it?
I can't check what mine looked like because this happened:
  1. I started up the windows 7 recover (another option under GRUB, on hd(0,3). 7 is on hd(0,1)) and it worked.
  2. I decided that i wanted to try something else before i restore my windows 7 partition to its factory state, so i exit the recovery thing.
  3. Next thing I know, my Ubuntu partition is completely gone, along with my grub.cfg files -.-


Partitions are like this in this order:
sda1: Windows 7 (can't boot into)
sda8: ubuntu (gets erased)
sda5: partition i'm going to use soon for another distro
sda6: Fat 32 partition for media files, etc.
sda7: swap partition
sda3: Windows Recovery
sda4: really small fat32 partition that i think ASUS uses for quick boot

Asus Eee PC btw.

oh, and by default, there was like 20 MB of free space in front of my windows partition (idk why asus did that) and when i shrunk my first partition (the windows one) it moved it all to the left -.- do you think something when wrong while doing that?

Although when I reinstalled Ubuntu, it still gave me the option to use my bookmarks and stuff from my windows 7 partition. And I can access all of the files.
 
Old 01-01-2010, 11:49 PM   #2
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Not ASUS fault -- Windows 7 creates a hidden partition for booting. Messing with that will cause undesirable operations.

I have not had a problem like yours...but try the Super GRUB link in my signature and see if you find your problem there. That has solutions to wealth of problems. Super GRUB is open-source and free of course, so if you can make a CD that might fix your problem.

Sorry about you situation, and hope I helped
 
Old 01-03-2010, 01:07 AM   #3
amiejay
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Gah
My desktop doesn't have that :-/
Gparted just moved it by default -.-
I've tried super grub, etc. GRUB works fine, I was just trying to replace GRUB with the windows bootloader to see if that fixed it. I ended up just installed Windows 7 Professional over windows 7 starter. I'm going to re-do it though, and I was wondering if there was a tool like vlite for windows 7 that anyone recommended.
 
  


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