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Old 12-15-2006, 07:38 AM   #1
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grub - windows-readable partition


I had a dual boot that I installed on my sister's machine that had Suse 9.2 and WinXP. She just could not get used to Suse and asked for the drive space back. I was/am using grub as that manager. I essentially used the "My Computer:manage:drive selector" method to reformat the partition with Suse for her in NTFS.
There are three partitions there: two large ones and one about 700 MB. Her computer boots, but first into Grub. She now has to:
rootnoverify (hd0,0)
makeactive
chainloader +1
boot
To get windows to start -- at least that works!

I tried adding a /boot/grub/menu.lst directory/file to both large drives, but windows cannot map the smaller one, which I suspect is the one that needs it!
Any hints on how to do this considering she has no linux boot CD?
We can "safely" nuke her second partition, but not her first, and I don't mind staying with grub as the boot-loader.

Kurt
 
Old 12-15-2006, 07:42 AM   #2
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If you put in a windows disk and select the option to repair the boot partition, grub should be overwritten with the windows boot loader.

Do so at your own risk, playing with the mbr is always dangerous
 
Old 12-15-2006, 07:44 AM   #3
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Yes, I'm hoping to avoid doing that and just figure out how to get a menu.lst file on there.
Kurt
 
Old 12-15-2006, 08:02 AM   #4
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To do that you would need the menu.lst file to be in a grub readable filesystem... and then to boot from a linux cd and re-install the grub mbr loader to point at the new menu.lst

I suggest formatting the ex-linux partition as fat32, readable from windows and from linux.

Cheers
-Rob
 
Old 12-15-2006, 08:06 AM   #5
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But where is Grub being booted from now? If I reformat that tiny partition, will that nuke the grub I have now? Is there a way to have Grub setup from either of the other two partitions?
 
  


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