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Old 01-28-2006, 07:04 AM   #1
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Question Cannot view files after fdisk/mbr

This was my first attempt to install SUSE 10.0
I have XP Pro already installed and have 2 hard drives
After install, I got an error 18 associated with GRUB
I did an fdsik/mbr and was able to boot into XP, but I am not able to see any files on the second hard. I am able to see that the files and folders are still there from DOS. Any help would be appreciated.

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Ok, is the second drive formatted to a windows format (fat, ntfs) or a linux or .NIX one (hfs,xfs,ext2.ext3,zfs,reiserfs, ...)? Because, you know that Windows does not detect any partitions other than the ones formatted to ntfs or fat32?

Edit: Was grub installed on the first or the second drive?

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Thanks for responding. I believe that it is a linux format. Windows disk management shows the drive as not formatted. I am not sure as to where Grube was installed as I followed the default installation for SUSE10.
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On what drive did you install SUSE? If, during the SUSE install, you set up partitions on the second drive, then that would erase any files already there. In the first post you say you can see the "DOS" files still there, but in the last post you say that Windows sees the drive as not formatted??

Next steps:
Backup any important data
Re-install SUSE on drive 2--when it comes to the questions about the boot loader, tell it to put it on a floppy. This will leave XP untouched---you can always put Grub on the MBR later.

Consider also establishing a "data" partition--formatted FAT32. This will be easily accessible from both Windows and Linux. You can create it during the SUSE install (and set up a mount point so it will always be there on boot)

For more in-depth suggestions, please supply total size of each drive, and how they are currently partitioned. Also, the amount of data you expect to have.
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Get hold of a Linux Live CD and follow the commands of Task B5 of "Just Booting Tips" in my signature to restore Grub into Suse.

Just imagine it the Linux's way of restoring the MBR


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