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Old 10-24-2014, 08:04 AM   #1
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Unhappy Getting rid of Grub Rescue

Hello guys!
I've been frantically installing and uninstalling Linux OS's on to my hard drive (I use it for testing them out and all that) and everything was fine and dandy but, for some reason when I tried to install MS-DOS 6.22 (just for da lolz) again (yes, I have done it before and it worked great!), When I start the computer up, instead of booting to DOS, it boots into Grub Rescue mode. I have tried destroying and creating new partitions on the drive in gparted (there's nothing on there I need to keep), when I boot it up again, it still boots into Grub Rescue.

I know that this is not really a Linux question since I installed MS-DOS but is there a way to get rid of Grub Rescue? I have a smaller drive I can use in the meantime but I would still like to use the bigger one.

Thanks if anyone can help!


P.S I dont care about the contents of the drive, as long as I can install something on it again I'm happy.

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Old 10-24-2014, 08:49 AM   #2
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GRUB is a bootloader and it is stored besides partitions. You can use
dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/sdx bs=512 count=1
to delete it (where "sdx" is your drive). Be in mind that without any bootloader you will not start system from this drive. I am not sure if your DOS installation also install bootloader.

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Old 10-24-2014, 02:22 PM   #3
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that is valid, if somewhat dangerous advice.

you could make yourself a rescue disk - i have been using rescatux succesfully many times - boot from it, and repair grub. usually works.


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