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I just did fdisk/mbr. I rebooted and it said "no active partition". I went into a partiton manager and it says (for my windows drive) Used %0.0 NOT GOOD I hope it's wrong. How can I make the partition active, and what exactly did I do originally (posted the site, it was dd something something)?! It didn't take long, so I wasn't worried that it had deleted anything but the mbr (deleting 20-30gb shouldn't be instant, should it?)
Distribution: LFS 5.0, building 6.3, win98se, multiboot
Wiping 30+ G instantly while fiddling with the partitions sounds about right. Actually, the data is probably still there but the FAT may be toast, so there is no way for an os to know the files are there.
I hate to ask, but could someone send me an ISO of it? It wouldn't be illegal or anything, as I do have the original, and I think I found the serial numbers on the paper case (might be a different software, though). I just had the one copy that was from dell when i got the computer, i didn't buy it separately.
Don't reinstall Windows just because your MBR got erased. All you need is a bootloader to get to it. If you can't get you I'd personally recommend GAG for its extremely easy install and setup. You can add/delete operating systems to boot from the main screen, and it'll handle just about any OS. It's all graphical and really quite a nice piece of software. Now if only they'd work on the name a bit...