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Old 06-05-2009, 05:28 PM   #1
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Question How do I remove Ubuntu 9.04 from a defective slave drive?

This is my first venture into the world of Linux and it seemed to be going well. I installed Ubuntu 9.04 without any problems. Everything was working beautifully, I even figured out the duel boot thing. I have windows for the rest of my family and I can use Ubuntu. I was on cloud nine for all of about 2 days. Because I am new to Linux I thought installing it on a slave drive would help protect the windows side of the computer. I think I may have been mistaken!
So, here is the problem:
Ubuntu has been installed on a slave drive and it started squealing at me today! I've never heard a computer actually squeal before, so it kind of took me by surprise! I had to do a double take! It did it again and again and again! The only thing I can come up with is that the baring in the drive has started to go out. I can her it spin up and then it kind of squeals to a halt. Now when starting the computer I get an error that says something a long the lines of “boot failure” or “failure to boot”.
How do I get the computer to boot directly to windows rather then trying to give me the option to pick the operating system? I want to remove the Ubuntu slave drive and have it back as if I had never installed the drive or Ubuntu? Right now the only way I can get the computer to work is to boot from the Ubuntu 9.04 CD in its demo version, which may I add is really pretty cool!
Any help would be greatly appreciated!



Machine Specs:
P4 1.7GHz
768 MB Ram
Main Hard drive 80 GB
Slave Drive 40 GB
Windows XP SP3 on main drive
Ubuntu 9.04 on slave drive
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Linux changed the way your system booted from the first drive seen by bios as active.

So you can either fix GRUB if on the drive that isn't failing to point to the correct xp install. See web pages on that already.

Otherwise you can pop in your xp cd and repair the MBR that way. Then later either replace grub and fix it or use windows to boot your linux.


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