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Old 08-24-2005, 08:56 PM   #1
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Killing windows with out loosing bootloader....


Hello. I want to kill windblows. I havnen't used it in 6 months and have no need for it. See I have 2 HD's. 1 120GB HD and 1 80GB HD. I installed Suse 9.3 on my 80GB HD and my 80GB is set to slave. Windblows is on my 120GB HD and is set to master. Well I think Suse installed the boot loader on the Master Boot Record. I was planing to kill windblows 3 days ago until a friend said I might loose my boot loader and would not be able to boot back into Suse. Well I have Suse configured the way I like it. I really don't feel like backing every thing up and having to configure it all over again. Some thing I wont be able to get back because I forget where I got them. Games I installed and updated the Nvidia driver to 7667 and don't feel like doing that again. Updated my whole system you get my point. So please help me. If I kill windows will I still have my boot loader and my friend was just kidding? Or if I do kill it I will loose my boot loader and be screwed? Also I don't have a floppie drive.

Please help. Pretty please I don't want evil windblows no more
 
Old 08-24-2005, 11:06 PM   #2
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Chances are that your MBR maybe overwritten by whatever process you use to remove windows from your primary drive. To be on the safe side you could install grub to a floppy by doing,
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#grub-install /dev/fd0
If the mbr is overwritten, then you can use it to boot into your system and you can reinstall grub by doing
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#grub-install /dev/hda
 
Old 08-25-2005, 12:17 AM   #3
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I don't have a floppy drive
 
Old 08-25-2005, 12:32 AM   #4
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Grab a copy of Knoppix it can be used to repair/reinstall grub.

LinuxDevCenter.com: True Stories of Knoppix Rescues
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Since Knoppix included grub-install, I was able to install grub from within Knoppix by mounting my root directory read/write and running grub-install root-directory=/dev/hda3 /dev/hda. After another reboot, I was reunited with my grub boot menu and was able to boot back into my Linux system.
 
Old 08-25-2005, 06:32 AM   #5
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Grab a copy of Knoppix it can be used to repair/reinstall grub.

LinuxDevCenter.com: True Stories of Knoppix Rescues
Interesting method. I once did something similar using Knoppix (or maybe Mepis), but I chrooted into the root partition that contained my grub installation and did "grub-install /dev/hda".
 
Old 08-25-2005, 10:59 AM   #6
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Im going to be safe and install my old floppy drive.
 
Old 08-25-2005, 12:40 PM   #7
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I did it. I killed windblows !!!!!!!!!!!!!!11 I feel so happy. I killed it and my boot loader wasn't affected. I tested it. Tried booting into windblows and couldn't said no such thing. Booted into Suse with no problems. Never used it for 6 months and now have a free 120GB HD for liunx!!! W00t!!!!!1
 
Old 09-02-2005, 08:04 PM   #8
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I wouldn't laugh so fast.

Why not resize windows and keep it there for the rainy day? Say shrink it about 15 Gb and use the rest for other purposes. A Linux on its own seldom needs more than 10Gb.

Last edited by saikee; 09-03-2005 at 05:26 AM.
 
Old 09-02-2005, 09:14 PM   #9
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I don't need windows no more and I don't support M$. Also why ruin a rainy day by booting in winblows?
 
Old 09-03-2005, 05:35 AM   #10
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I do get a kick out of digging out all kind of old DOS, Win3x and Win9x and put them into the box because Linux can manage and boot them while M$ can't.

In fact you can ask Suse to make a humble bootable Grub floppy to boot any M$ system as welll as any Linux/Unix, inside your box or with any PC.

You may be missing out a very powerfull feature of Linux - the amazing ability of its boot loader "Grub".
 
  


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