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Old 05-08-2011, 11:13 PM   #1
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Disk boot failure.......hit enter but GRUB is installed


Info: Dual boot system - Win7 and Debian 6
My partitions: /dev/sda2 Win7
/dev/sda5 / *boot*
/dev/sda6 /home
/dev/sda7 swap

On bootup I get the famous Disk boot failure, insert system disk and press enter. After I hit enter grub loads and can boot into debian or Win7. Did I do something wrong during installation? Did I install grub in the wrong place??

All help is appreciated thanks
 
Old 05-08-2011, 11:51 PM   #2
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NeoSmart makes EasyBCD. I had to first make a Windows rescue disk using Win7, then take "boot" flag off / partition (a primary partition) and use an extended partition for the /home and swap, etc.
Then I had to reformat the 200MB Win7 boot partition and use the Rescue disk (an image?) to boot that OS.
then install easyBCD. Four partitions total for my first dual-boot -- Win7 & peppermint -- on a lenovo laptop (first laptop). Works well now, using Windows Boot manager.

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Old 05-09-2011, 12:03 AM   #3
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Just remove the boot flag off the Linux partition (grub doesn't use it), and put it on /dev/sda2.

That's probably just a crappy BIOS looking for a bootable primary partition.
 
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Old 05-09-2011, 11:47 AM   #4
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How can I move boot flag onto my sda2 Win7 partition?

Boot from dvd and run grub-install /dev/hda2?
or is there a way to do it with debian?

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Old 05-09-2011, 12:16 PM   #5
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Use Gparted.

Right click on the flag and use the option manage flags.

If gparted is not installed, as root;
Code:
apt-get gparted
 
Old 05-09-2011, 01:01 PM   #6
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here is a screenshot, I moved boot from my /root to /dev/sdb2 Win7
or should I put boot flag on /sdb1?
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Old 05-09-2011, 03:37 PM   #7
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I would give it a shot like it is but I believe that MS uses a boot partition and so it may be sda1 would be a better choice.

Trying it as it is should not hurt. If it doesn't work boot back to a real OS and change it again.
 
  


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