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Old 11-07-2009, 07:16 PM   #1
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GRUB error: "no such partition" on boot

I recently installed Ubuntu 9.10 alongside vista on my HP laptop. It worked fine but then one time I tried to boot it and it gave me a GRUB loading screen and then said:
error: no such partition

I do not know what happened and when i try to go to system recovery in the startup splash screen, nothing happens. HP did not send a vista recovery disk with my laptop either so I can not try to fix the problem that way. The only way I can access anything on my computer is by putting the Ubuntu image cd in the computer then booting. It also says that there are no partitions on the disk when I try to reinstall Ubuntu, and I do not want to wipe my entire hard drive just to reistall Ubuntu.

Any suggestions?

Thanks, JerrySo
Old 11-07-2009, 07:40 PM   #2
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Get a knoppix disc. Download and burn the image.
use this to read and write the grub information to the disk.

If you cannot correct it, do the following.

Run ntfs progs on the disk to be sure the filesystem is ok.

backup any conf files to a usb key, you may need them later.

Use the command line and qt parted.
Use that to remove the ext3 and swap partitions.
Commit your actions.

Reinstall with an ext3 partition and a small swap partition.

You may also want to use the ubuntu cd for system rescue and grub repairing.
Old 08-11-2010, 03:04 PM   #3
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"error: no such partition"

I installed Ubuntu 10.--- a few weeks ago, along side of Windows7. Everything has been running great, no issues till today. When I started up my computer before it always gave me the option of which OS I wanted to use. For some reason Windows Vista was an option. I have an Asus, Gamers Republic comp and it came with Windows 7 Pre-installed. Well, I accidentally fell upon the Windows Vista option and pressed enter today. Moving I guess a little faster than I should have. It appeared that vista was loading then all of a sudden a big red ERROR came on my screen. I was unable to do anything so I shut off the comp. Now when I turn on the computer I get:

Error: No Such Parition
grub rescue>

I can't seem to do anything there. Every command I know to include "CD:" is not working. I can't seem to get to my BIOS to try to load last known working. I am not sure what to do at all. I've looked at a few other posts, but they seem to be directly referring to Linux/Ubuntu. But, I don't understand why it would be Ubuntu's fault/issue. If anyone has any suggestions I would greatly appreciate it.

I have loaded Ubuntu straight from the CD. I still have access to all my files on Windows, but I am currently learning Linux and I can't use that as my primary OS. I'm in the army and currently in Afghanistan so internet is scarce and I can't put my PC on the internet. I don't have my windows CD. I have backed up my computer, but using Nortons360 and I can't access it.
Old 08-11-2010, 03:47 PM   #4
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To recover your GRUB boot loader follow the steps:

1. User any live CD (Fedora/Linux/Ubuntu) or installation CD
2. Type command "linux rescue" at the boot
3. Type "chroot /mnt/sysimage" command after entering into the rescue mode
4. Use "grub-install /dev/hda" to recover your Grub boot loader

Try the above steps & reboot the system.
Old 08-11-2010, 03:55 PM   #5
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Thanks alot I'll go give this a try. I really appreciate it!!!!!


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