winXP / linux dualboot via GRUB problems
I had my system set up perfectly, dual-booting SuSe 9.1 and Windows XP, until I decided to create another partition via Partition Magic 8 in Windows (i know, I'm an idiot) that was FAT, so I could share files between Suse and windows. When I rebooted afterwards, it went straight to the GRUB console, looking like this:
GNU GRUB version .94 (system info, blah blah)
yyeah. oops. So I freak out, worried I deleted my partition table. I start frantically searching for how to use this console online and come across a guide on how to use the setup (hd0, etc) and root commands. YAY. problem solved.
nope. Doing my usual frantic idiocy, I plugged in what I thought was the right commands to put everything back to normal. When I reboot, I get the GRUB menu again (except minus the graphics, press any key to continue) so I try Linux: Partition does not exist. Windows... right back to the grub menu.
Again, my next step in idiocy: Throw in Mandrake 10 and install that. I erase the SuSe partitions and have a giant sigh of relief when I can navigate to /mnt/windows-c and /mnt/windows-d. Joy. Bliss. (Let me clarify that I have two partitions for windows, one (60GB) for program files and another (100+GB) for files, with another 15 or so GB for linux). Partition D, the important one w/ all my irreplacable date, is still totally navigable. Go to C... 0 files, 0 folders. <insert profanity here>.
reboot. mandrake starts up fine. reboot, select windows in Lilo. i get a GRUB menu?!?!? CONCLUSION: during frantic idiocy #1, using setup(hd0) etc in the GRUB menu, I somehow installed grub on my NTFS windows partition #1, where windows is actually installed. So, that brings me to my question:
can I delete this so that windows boots up normally? If not, is there any way for me to get in there via linux and get the few files I need out? And if not, is there a safe way to reformat just that partition so that I don't lose my big NTFS storage partition?
Thanks a lot in advance for anyone that pities me enough to offer aid...
EDIT: just ran the recovery console via the winXP setup cd. a "dir" command on drive C: produces "An error occurred during directory enumeration."
I'm pretty much convinced that everything on that partition's gone... am I correct in this assumption?
Last edited by r0bman; 07-19-2004 at 09:45 PM.