Re: Restoring the MBR on a CD-ROM less Notebook
- From: Karl Larsen <klarsen1@xxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Wed, 19 May 2010 06:58:59 -0600
On 05/19/2010 04:59 AM, Goh Lip wrote:
On 05/19/2010 03:07 PM, Amichai Rotman wrote:Yes this is a "Pure Windows Question" and I must say those are
Hey Tom,Since most of us here are not very familiar with windows, there is a
Thank for the great info, except there isn't any Linux on it now. I need
to re-create Windows 7 boot loader or whatever.
I started a live Ubuntu 10.04 stick and I found out the partitin I need
to boot is /dev/sda2...
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On Wed, May 19, 2010 at 07:22, Tom H<tomh0665@xxxxxxxxx
On Tue, May 18, 2010 at 3:37 PM, Amichai Rotman<amichai@xxxxxxxxxxx
> My sister bought a new Asus UL20A. I managed to convince her to
> a try (it came with Windows 7 pre-installed), So i installed
10.04 on it.
> It has a single 320 Gb HDD, I was very careful not to wipe the
> partition, but I had to cut the original system partition (disk
C:) into 2
> partitions for Swap. so:
> It had a Disk C: (I think about 80 Gb in size) and the rest as
disk D: for
> I chose to manually partition the drive during the installation
> the 80 Gb partition and created a 1024 MB for swap and the rest for /
> (root), the rest - i didn't touch.
> After installation, the last option in the GRUB menu was Windows
> (although it was actually Windows 7). I didn't give it much
> The deal was she tries Ubuntu for a week, then she decides if she
> keep it or go back to Windows 7. Regrettably - she chose the
> to go abroad for 3 months and she's affraid she will be stuck and
> will know how to help her. She said she had nothing against Linux
> I tried to launch the recovery process by pressing F9 during boot
> nothing happened. I then tried to boot from
that mysterious option on the
> menu - an what da ya know ! it's the recovery process! So it went
> recovering - just as if I pressed F9 - and then told me
the recovery was
> done and I should click OK to shut down.
> And here is the part I need help with: The next time I pressed
> button - it says there is an error and gives me the "grub
> Please help me! There is no CD ROM drive, no recovery DVD media
> note that came with the computer says one is not supplied with
> How do I boot from USB stick and recover the Windows 7 MBR / Boot
> All I have is my on Ubuntu Lucid on both my Desktop and my Netbook...
At the grub rescue prompt:
Run "ls" to display your disks and partitions
Run "set" and check the values of "root" and "prefix"
If "root" and "prefix" are incorrect (if you do not know what they
should be, run "ls (hdX,Y)/boot" for the different values of X and Y
since search isn't available in rescue mode), run
to set them to the correct values
or, if necessary,
linux /boot/vmlinuz-2.6.x.x root=/dev/sdXY ro
(use tab completion)
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method of recovery using the installation cd. (fixboot/fixmbr,
whatever), but best you check/google it out.
If you do not have the installation cd, I propose this method so you can
boot into windows and from there, repair your mbr.
[to boot to windows]
grub rescue> set prefix=(hd0,2)/boot/grub
grub rescue> insmod (hd0,2)/boot/grub/normal.mod
grub> set root=(hd0,1)
grub> chainloader +1
I assume from your message ubuntu is in /dev/sda2
I also assume there is no separate /boot partition
I again assume windows is in /dev/sda1
ps: if you have a grub-rescue cd, just pop in the cd and do the
[at this point, you should be in windows, else I'll give up too]
Now, at windows, open a command and do this
caveat: not sure if this will work, no reason to try it.
if this doesn't work, then download easybcd, run the .exe file and
repair accordingly (again repeat caveat - why not download easybcd.exe
Hope this helps, if not, I don't think I can help you further, except
perhaps sending you a grub rescue cd.
If you have all this cleared, then think about using a gparted cd to
clean up the hard drive, again, carefully.
Regards - Goh Lip
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