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Old 01-16-2006, 12:04 PM   #1
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New Wiki article: recovering Linux after re-installing Windows

Since the topic of .. "Help! I reinstalled Windows and now Linux has disappeared" ... comes up so often lately, I have taken the liberty of writing a new article in the Wiki, in the Installation section, on this very topic.
Old 01-16-2006, 12:47 PM   #2
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windows could have overwriten your linux partition, but i think more realisticly, it just overwrote your boot loader...install the GRUB can configure it to give you windows and linux boot options..
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Sundialvcs...thank you. You must be referring in part to my recent thread.

Mine is now resolved. When I reformatted windows GRUB dissapeared because, as you say, the mbr was over-written. I also had a reverse variation of the problem. Because so much of my hardware changed since the original install of Linux, I reinstalled my SuSE 8.2.

What happened then gave me some panic becasue GRUB could only see the Linux and I thought maybe I had reformatted my Windows XP NTFS partition into a Linux partition.

That was not the case. What actually happened was that the GRUB menu.lst file was missing the Windows XP entry, so a slight edit of the menu.lst in a text editor, adding Windows to the list, solved it. Someone should write a GRUB editing program for newbies like us and a lot of anxieties would disappear.

Here is my original thread for my problem, for reference if anyone needs it. This topic should probably be pinned, since I do see so many GRUB woes threads.

Thank you all for the help. This forum is great help for folks like me.
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Resnoble guide, lacking in detail a bit though.

It might be a good idea to say HOW to run those commands.

Some Distro CDs, SuSE for one, will allow you to boot the linux drive (afaik) and then recover from in the linux distro itself.

Also, if windows has been REINSTALLED the old grub.conf etc. will not have been editied so should still point to NTLDR if it was set to originally.

Good guide, just some (hopefully) constructive comments.


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