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Old 04-04-2010, 04:02 AM   #1
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Question Recover from deleting Linux partition

I have deleted the ubuntu partition on my xp pc. Now at restart i have the following:
GRUB loading.
error: no such partition
grub rescue>
I have no idea what to do now. I have downloaded super grub - because one of the pages that i googled said it would help - but my pc does not read from either the cd or usb drives - don't know why.
I need this pc recovered today ... HELP!!!!

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Old 04-04-2010, 04:14 AM   #2
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Sounds like you deleted your OS partition.

I guess that means you probably have to restore your OS, then restore your data from backup.
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I'm totally new to this - what exactly must i do - keep in mind i have NO UNDERSTANDING of ubuntu / linux
Old 04-04-2010, 05:08 AM   #4
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If I understand correctly, you deleted ubuntu, and want to use XP.
Boot from your windows CD, and restore the MBR
Make sure to set "boot from CD" in the BIOS from your computer

BTW, I would suggest to change the title from the thread

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Old 04-04-2010, 05:09 AM   #5
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I don't know if super grub will restore your partition without loss of data but as for your problem
but my pc does not read from either the cd or usb drives
This might be a setting in your BIOS. Look in your BIOS settings for somthing that is named like 'boot order'. Change it to boot from CD or USB first. I can't give any more precise details since every BIOS is a little bit different.
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Don't know if it's the same for Vista as XP, but with XP you would have to boot up from the installation CD, get to where it asks about repair or install, then enter R. This brings up the Recovery Console. Type in fixmbr, hit Enter, and your problems are over.
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Please use descriptive thread titles (and no "urgent" or similar things)---I fixed this one.

When you deleted the Linux partition, it also deleted the GRUB configuration files. You have at least two choices:
1. Restore the Windows loader as described above.
2. Re-install Linux

Let us know the configuration you want and we can help more


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