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Old 09-12-2003, 06:08 PM   #1
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Unhappy screwed up my win partition (not that i care) but i need to use it

Hello world!
lets get to the problem directly.
here is how machine is set up:
2 hard disks:
hda - 8gigs; 4 for win2k, 4 for rh9
hdb - 10 gigs; entirely rh9
bootloader: grub

the hda was a old disk and since i needed both win and lin i had it in 2 partitions and a dual boot mode.
sometime later i got another hard disk, so i decided to install rh9 on it, so i could have 1 disk for win and another for lin by itself.

installed rh9 on hdb and everything was working fine.

so now i had hda = win + lin and hdb = lin

i decided to delete the lin partition on the first partion to make more space for win. i deleted the lin partition which was showing up as "free space" under my win2k disk management utility.

as soon as i did that, voila, machine rebooted, grub screen comes up, but when i prompted to boot into win i get an error that looks like this:

chainloader +1

Error 13: Invalid or unsupported executable format

Press any key to continue ...

now if i press any key, it again brings me to the grub menu.

if i select linux it boots properly and everything is fine.

my question is can i restore my win2k without having to reinstall it???

any help is appreciated.

thanks guys.

cheers, anup.
Old 09-12-2003, 08:41 PM   #2
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i guess you could try the fixmbr command from booting to the w2k CD recovery console. if it works you'd just have to reinstall grub. just make sure you have a way to get back to linux handy so you can reinstall the bootloader.
Old 09-13-2003, 10:07 AM   #3
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I've also learned that starting W2K installation until the phase where it has not yet began to write on disk, restores the W2k bootloader.... but I don't remember when you have to cancel W2k install process. Use common sense.
Old 09-20-2003, 08:15 PM   #4
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thanks guys

hey guys,
thanks for replying.
i fixed the thing but had to do it the hard way a total reinstall, but that was because of a mistake on my part, i delted the hda linux partition and made the hda as one entire 8 gb space. I tried fixmbr and fixboot b4 deleting the linux partition though, don't know why it didn't fix my mbr and let me get into win.
thanks anyways,


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