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Old 07-28-2011, 01:29 PM   #1
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No Such Partition Grub Rescue


Here is my situation,
I own a Sony Vaio VPCEB3AFM. It came with pre-installed Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit, no disks or anything. The product key is on the back of the laptop. I later installed Ubuntu, as I was beginning to take an interest in the potential of computers and began to explore with different Operating Systems. I installed it along side Windows 7. THEN, me being the dumbass I am, installed BackTrack 5 also. I then called Sony in attempt to restore my computer to factory defaults and just have Windows 7 as my only operating system. I shut my computer down and then hit F10 until the Vaio Rescue shows up. It was in the process of Restoring when it restarted and an error message came up. It reads, Error: No Such Partition Grub Rescue>. I have no idea what to do none of the OS boot up when I start it. I have no disks, I have only Ubuntu on a USB drive which I boot up by changing the BIOS blah blah. But when I do not have it in, the error message occurs. I would very much appreciate if anybody knows the solution to my problem and would be willing to help me out. I am not very good with computers and do not have too much knowledge so some terms I may not understand.
 
Old 07-28-2011, 01:41 PM   #2
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From the Sony restore partition, is there something in the menu about "fix boot records" or whatnot? It appears that the restore did everything except repair the boot record. I did find this article about fixing the MBR from a Ubuntu Live CD.
 
Old 07-28-2011, 03:14 PM   #3
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Disk /dev/sda: 320.1 GB, 320072933376 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 38913 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes
Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
I/O size (minimum/optimal): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
Disk identifier: 0xbbe37089

Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
/dev/sda1 1 1306 10483712 27 Unknown
/dev/sda2 * 1306 1319 102400 7 HPFS/NTFS
/dev/sda3 1319 38914 301982720 7 HPFS/NTFS
 
Old 07-28-2011, 03:52 PM   #4
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Again, it looks like it restored everything except the Master Boot Record. Usually there's a menu item when you hit F10 (or whatever key Sony uses during boot) that lets you enter the Sony specific tools. Usually one of them is "Repair Boot" or something like that. I'd go that route first.

Using the grub legacy, you could chainload windows from the grub> prompt. Not sure if grub2's rescue prompt has a similar function, but it would be something like this
Code:
set root=(hd0,2)
chainloader +1
boot

Last edited by pljvaldez; 07-28-2011 at 03:54 PM.
 
Old 07-28-2011, 04:05 PM   #5
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Originally Posted by Suddent View Post
Here is my situation,
I own a Sony Vaio VPCEB3AFM. It came with pre-installed Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit, no disks or anything. The product key is on the back of the laptop. I later installed Ubuntu, as I was beginning to take an interest in the potential of computers and began to explore with different Operating Systems. I installed it along side Windows 7. THEN, me being the dumbass I am, installed BackTrack 5 also. I then called Sony in attempt to restore my computer to factory defaults and just have Windows 7 as my only operating system. I shut my computer down and then hit F10 until the Vaio Rescue shows up. It was in the process of Restoring when it restarted and an error message came up. It reads, Error: No Such Partition Grub Rescue>. I have no idea what to do none of the OS boot up when I start it. I have no disks, I have only Ubuntu on a USB drive which I boot up by changing the BIOS blah blah. But when I do not have it in, the error message occurs. I would very much appreciate if anybody knows the solution to my problem and would be willing to help me out. I am not very good with computers and do not have too much knowledge so some terms I may not understand.
The Linux Master boot record GRUB is still present on the disk. Boot up with Windows 7, then remove all the partitions except the one that has your Windows OS stored in it. Once you remove the other partitions, Windows will install. Also if you can get to the command line do a fixMBR. This is an easy fix I do it all the time.
 
Old 07-28-2011, 04:50 PM   #6
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The Linux Master boot record GRUB is still present on the disk. Boot up with Windows 7, then remove all the partitions except the one that has your Windows OS stored in it. Once you remove the other partitions, Windows will install. Also if you can get to the command line do a fixMBR. This is an easy fix I do it all the time.
The OP can't boot into Windows and has no install disc, so how should he do that? He has already restored his Windows but can't restore the MBR.

Possible solutions:
1. Install a Linux distro on a separate partition.
2. Download the free evaluation copy of Windows 7 Enterprise and use that to repair the MBR. Just boot from it, go to a recovery console and launch the command
Code:
bootrec.exe /fixmbr
After a reboot your Windows should boot fine.
 
Old 07-29-2011, 03:41 PM   #7
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I have Ubuntu on a USB should I try to install it?
 
Old 07-30-2011, 01:24 AM   #8
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No Such Partition Grub Rescue

I was restoring my computer to factory defaults. I own a Sony Vaio, it came with Preinstalled Windows 7. I could careless if I reinstall it. After restoring was at 100%, my computer restarted and now it reads, "No Such Partition Grub Rescue>". I don't know what to do, Sony representatives are requesting me to buy Recovery Discs but I do not want to spend the money (I am broke). Any torrents to download the disc or any way to install another OS preferably Ubuntu (which I have access to). Please help=[[[[[[[[

Disk /dev/sda: 320.1 GB, 320072933376 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 38913 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes
Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
I/O size (minimum/optimal): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
Disk identifier: 0xbbe37089

Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
/dev/sda1 1 1306 10483712 27 Unknown
/dev/sda2 * 1306 1319 102400 7 HPFS/NTFS
/dev/sda3 1319 38914 301982720 7 HPFS/NTFS

Last edited by Suddent; 07-30-2011 at 01:26 AM.
 
Old 07-30-2011, 02:09 AM   #9
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Suddent View Post
I was restoring my computer to factory defaults. ... Any torrents to download the disc or any way to install another OS preferably Ubuntu (which I have access to).
You are getting this error because Windows7 obliterated your Ubuntu install. However, it seems that Windows7 did not restore the Windows master boot record (MBR) for some reason.
Here is a link to torrents for recovery CDs to restore the Windows 7 MBR: http://neosmart.net/blog/2009/window...-repair-discs/

Otherwise ...
If you want to use Ubuntu then just reinstall it. You can setup Ubuntu as the only OS on the computer. Or you can install Ubuntu and set it up to dual boot with Windows7.
Here is a great site for getting started with Ubuntu: http://psychocats.net/ubuntu/
And here is a site with detailed tutorials on dual booting Ubuntu with Windows7: http://members.iinet.net.au/~herman546/
Write back if you need more help.

Last edited by tommcd; 07-30-2011 at 02:14 AM. Reason: clarity !
 
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Old 07-30-2011, 02:19 AM   #10
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You are getting this error because Windows7 obliterated your Ubuntu install. However, it seems that Windows7 did not restore the Windows master boot record (MBR) for some reason.
Here is a link to torrents for recovery CDs to restore the Windows 7 MBR: http://neosmart.net/blog/2009/window...-repair-discs/

Otherwise ...
If you want to use Ubuntu then just reinstall it. You can setup Ubuntu as the only OS on the computer. Or you can install Ubuntu and set it up to dual boot with Windows7.
Here is a great site for getting started with Ubuntu: http://psychocats.net/ubuntu/
And here is a site with detailed tutorials on dual booting Ubuntu with Windows7: http://members.iinet.net.au/~herman546/
Write back if you need more help.
Thank you so much man, you don't know how grateful I am of your help. So, everything has successfully been erase off of my computer and I just need to reinstall an OS? I just want Ubuntu to be my only OS no need for Windows, Sony's representatives were saying my only alternative was to order Recovery discs..
 
Old 07-30-2011, 02:37 AM   #11
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So, everything has successfully been erase off of my computer and I just need to reinstall an OS? I just want Ubuntu to be my only OS no need for Windows ...
If you only want Ubuntu then just install Ubuntu to occupy the entire hard disk and you should be good. If Ubuntu worked ok on the computer when you last installed it then it should work ok again.

Ideally you should use manual partitioning when installing Ubuntu to setup a separate home partition. This is optional though. Here is a tutorial for creating a separate home partition during a Ubuntu install if you want to do that: http://www.psychocats.net/ubuntu/installseparatehome
 
Old 07-30-2011, 03:11 AM   #12
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I merged your two VERY closely related threads; please don't double post
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Old 08-08-2011, 09:59 PM   #13
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Not sure if this would be relevant here, but, I normally play with multi-boot systems, and will always reserve one of the partitions to recover my bootloader.

What I mean is, I have 2 primary, most used OS's, then I have a partition just for personal file (photos, music, vids, etc), and then I have an assortment of small partitions with which I constantly install (and screw up) other OS's. If my grub disappears, I just pop in an installation disc, install "x" OS, and I automatically have a grub again.

I am always running gparted and resizing partitions, etc, and I normally zap the grub in the process, without knowing how. While I am still trying to figure this stuff out, I know that if I kill my grub, that I can simply (re-) install some (any) OS on a (any) partition, and that installation brings me a new bootloader.

Even though this is not the ideal fix (knowing how I kill the grub, then NOT killing it anymore, would be the ideal fix...), this allows me to not freak out, and I know that my OS's are still present. Well, it works for me. Hope it helps...
 
Old 08-08-2011, 11:26 PM   #14
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If OP would like to repair wins7 there's a recovery console which is about 135MB iso.
http://www.sevenforums.com/installat...tall-disk.html

This 1
http://www.proposedsolution.com/down...dvd-iso-image/

After reviewing this thread I see OP doesn't want windows, my apologies

Last edited by EDDY1; 08-08-2011 at 11:29 PM.
 
Old 09-07-2011, 10:55 AM   #15
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no boot DVD or USB or floppy

I was trying to delete an unused linux partion

I deleted the partion in win7 with disk management

I reached to open the DVD drive button to put in the win7 DVD to repair the MBR and hit the power button by accident OUCH

Now I have no DVD to boot from and the boot just goes to grub rescue ERROR no such partition

I have a motherboard that does not support USB boot

will an external DVD drive plugged into the USB allow me to boot?

I get no help from using linux commands as there is no linux loaded...

do I have to buy a USB bootable new motherboard and just attach all my old internal drives???

I have a notebook standing by...

can I buy another internal hard drive and make it a bootable win7 disk and plug it into the PC that will be recognized by the BIOS?? or borrow another internal HD that has bootable win7 on it and just plug it in?

can I take out the battery or reset the motherboard?

I have a ASUS M3N78PRO motherboard

can I insert a new BIOS chip?

Can I use the notebook USB to mount a internal drive USB hard drive/dock and load Win7 on that?

please tell me I have a workable solution to this ...am standing by waiting for an answer... I could even call someone... help please and thankx

Last edited by jollymoon; 09-07-2011 at 11:22 AM. Reason: update
 
  


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