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I have a compulsive habit of messing with powers i just dont understand but i cant help it!
I have a dodgy, second hand, off a back of a truck laptop that had Linux and Windows 98 and a busted floppy drive on it. but hey for 30 quid ya cant beat that value!
So anyway i wanted to get rid of linux and just have windows 98 on it and someone suggested the fdisk command in dos mode. Away i go anyway doing that and it didnt work, wouldnt let be format it or something. So i go looking around for something to format...as i do....ah whats this i see... the D:\ partition!
Format that. looks like it took windows with it and now every time i turn on my laptop it comes to th grub> prompt.
So if ya can help me get back my precious windows which has most of my work in it id be grateful. And please feel free to call me a dumbass cause its what i am. Im off to tinker with some sockets with my fork now.
nah - he doesn't need to reinstall but if he wants rid of linux completey he would be as well to recover all hdd space back again and partitions can confuse windoze users so I was suggesting going back to a single one.
2) put a windows boot floppy in the drive
4) make sure the BIOS is set to boot from floppy first
5) at the "A:\>" type "fdisk /mbr"
6) remove the floppy (a general point missed by a lot of windoze users)
It should work if you can confirm that USB is enabled with DOS running. Look in the BIOS for a setting whose help text mentions enabling USB devices in DOS - it will normally mention this in context with keyboards and mouses. It will go by the name of 'USB Legacy Support' or something like that. This means that the BIOS will set up USB support and not leave it to the OS to set up.
I hate to sound pessimistic, but if D: held any of the data you want to recover, then it's probably already gone to digital heaven.