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Old 12-26-2002, 01:35 PM   #1
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Linux Partition deleted -- how to boot now??

So I accidentally deleted the partition (on my dual boot system) that contained Linux and the Grub bootloader. Now when I try to boot the system it just comes up to a "grub>" prompt. Is there any way I can boot into my Win2k system so I can move all the data off onto backups... Then I can reinstall Mandrake without Windows there to horque everything up!!! Thanks folks!
Old 12-26-2002, 01:42 PM   #2
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Boot with a Windows boot disk, preferrably a Win98 which is easiest and then you can do a fdisk /MBR to clear the grub bootloader off of there.
Old 12-26-2002, 02:10 PM   #3
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Boot the machine from your CD#1, set 'rescue' mode, then run fdisk at the prompt an re-create partitions EXACTLY as it was before. If you are able to re-create EXACTLY the same partition table, and NO MORE info was destroyed from the hd, then you can "Mandy" again immediately.

If the partition table was created by an installation wizard it can be easy to re-create it redoing the installation up to a certain point. That could be achieved stopping the installation process after the partition table creation. Obviously you must tell the wizard EXACTLY the same partitions, types, sizes.... DON'T ALLOW to give format to partitions !!!! ... if there is an option for not give format to partitions, check it. Don't attempt if not sure how to avoid the formatting step !!!! (that will destroy your data).

Then three-fingers after the partitioning step and......

Good Luck !

(absolutely no-guaranteed process)


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