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Old 11-17-2004, 06:23 AM   #1
bisky131
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linux boot backup


Ive recently decided to install linux (fedora core) on my system, and have it dual booting with windows. Ive installed all the default bootloader programs. Its working fine. However, i will inevitably have to reinstall windows at sometime in the future.

When i do this, won't windows overwrite the current boot information and mean i can't boot into linux? How do i prevent this?
I can create a boot cd, but do not have a working floppy drive.

any hints?
 
Old 11-17-2004, 06:43 AM   #2
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I don't know about fedora, but CD1 of slackware is bootable, you just boot to that to fix the bootloader.

presumably you could fix it from other bootable CDs such as UBCD too.
 
Old 11-17-2004, 07:57 AM   #3
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Thats right. Boot with slackware and say grubconfig.
In Fedora, may be you could boot in rescue mode and say grub-install.

But I had a weird one while rescuing grub once in my friend's computer. I am going to get blasted for this, but here it comes anyway. WinXP did not overwrite the bootloader. It commented (!) the grub.conf file where it said boot from hda. On uncommenting, it started to show the grub menu, with fedora and xp in it.

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Old 11-17-2004, 08:52 AM   #4
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Re: linux boot backup

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Originally posted by bisky131
Ive recently decided to install linux (fedora core) on my system, and have it dual booting with windows. Ive installed all the default bootloader programs. Its working fine. However, i will inevitably have to reinstall windows at sometime in the future.

When i do this, won't windows overwrite the current boot information and mean i can't boot into linux? How do i prevent this?
I can create a boot cd, but do not have a working floppy drive.

any hints?
 
  


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