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I have hard drive that has wins xp and Gnu-Sense(spelling may not be correct)
This issue caused me many problems maybe even giving inaccurate info to other members at this forum. So possibly an apology to members or retraction of some statements made due to mis-information.
If I erase or wipe the original os while booted from the other os which contains wubi what are the consequences other than not being able to boot either os?
Can it make the drive unwriteable to protect the Mbr?
If you make a WUBI-install the actual installation is done into a file containing a file-system on your Windows partition. If you delete this partition or its content you also delete the Windows installation. I have never seen anything like blocking of the MBR besides the option in some BIOSes, sometimes called virus protection.
i/o errors, it's just 1 of the drives that I had when I started with linux.
Sometimes I can get disk utitlty to see it but if I try to erase the partition or repair drive with the tools in disk utitlty it just shows that it's busy and can continue as long as I allow it to. Also it shows that other partitions are mounted , while I can't use my file manager to read anything on it & unlike any other drives that I mount will usually place icon of a hdd on desktop or within file-manger, but not this 1.
I would recommend to download the manufacturer's diagnosis tool and test the disk with that. You may also try to use a different cable, sometimes that is an issue.
I can view this drive on my Amd machine, I'm going to step out for a while, but I'll connect it when I get back and post what I can about it. There's a partition far into the drive which I think was the Gnu-sense partition.