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Old 04-09-2005, 11:52 AM   #1
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Exclamation Windows stole my Dualboot!

I am a newbie at linux.... I have installed in two seperate hard drives Windows (primary hard drive) and Mandrake Linux 10.1 (slave hard drive). Last week I had a problem with windows and, after moving some important files my /home forlder in linux from windows, I reinstalled windows on my primary hard drive. But when I went to start up my computer again, my dualboot option from Madrake Linux disappeared... now only Windows boots. Is there a way to restore that boot option without reformatting my linux hard drive and reinstalling it? I don't want to lose any files I have in linux and (being a newbie) I didn't create a copy of the boot files on a floppy for such an occasion.

PS. I already tried the rescue option on the linux cd and it supposedly reinstalled the boot sector... but windows is still the only one that loads...
Old 04-09-2005, 12:27 PM   #2
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Boot cd in rescue mode. Get to command line. Mount your hd:
mkdir /mnt/hd
mount /dev/hda1[replace hda1 with linux partition] /mnt/hd

#chroot into partition, reinstall bootloader
chroot /mnt/hd

This assumes you were using the lilo bootloader. If you used grub then run "grub-install /dev/hda" instead of "lilo".
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