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Old 08-24-2005, 06:21 AM   #1
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Ok, so I broke it..

Ok, so I have 2 hard drives. 1 20gb with Windows XP, and 1 40gb that USED to have Linspire on it. I ended up needing the second drive's storage space (and hating click n' run for linspire), so I used PartitionMagic in Windows and smashed the partition, and formatted it for NTFS. So far, so good.

Well, today (2 days later) - I finally ended up needing to reboot. Well, now my system refuses to boot - I get Grub Error 17. I have NO CLUE what this is, really - I don't know a damn thing about Linux (I was trying to use linspire, ffs ) and now my Windows won't boot up. I've tried using the utilities on a windows CD, as well, with no results.

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Grub is a boot manager, it was installed when Linspire was installed ( after the Windows system). To get Windows booting again, you will need to restore the Windows MBR ( master boot record ) Since you have reformated your Linux drive, I have to assume you do not want to boot Linux anymore.

You can restore the MBR with a command from the Recovery console. You will need your XP install CD. Boot it, go to a command prompt, do not re-install. There is a command to restore ( re-write the MBR ). It has been a long time since I gave up on windows, so I don't remember the exact command. If you can not find it yourself, M$ support can be searched to find information on it. Once you have restored the MBR, XP should boot, assuming nothing else is messed up.
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from the command prompt , type

fix mbr
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Old 08-25-2005, 12:46 PM   #5
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Thanks for the help.

Btw, redirects to here... =O


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