Undo a dual boot

Discussion in 'Windows Desktop Systems' started by tom9042, Dec 12, 2005.

  1. tom9042

    tom9042 OSNN Senior Addict Folding Team

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    I installed a new second HD lately and installed ubuntu on it. I used the ubuntu install disk to install a dual boot. Now I want to replace the second HD with my wife's HD, since I need to back it up before I format it. I can't boot at all without both of my own HD's. How can I fix the boot so that I can replace the second HD for a while?
     
  2. ejn74

    ejn74 Folding Master! Political User Folding Team

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    When you added Ubuntu you added the boot loader from it it more than likley in the boot folder on the windows partition. At least i think. You need to remove the linux boot loader file. I am not experienced enough to give more info than this.
     
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  3. j79zlr

    j79zlr Glaanies script monkey Political User

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    Boot to the XP CD [assuming XP] and use the recovery console, when you are in the RC, just issue the command "fixmbr"

    You can also use a Win98 boot floppy and issue the command fdisk /mbr

    http://bootdisk.com/bootdisk.htm
     
  4. ejn74

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    You will have to redo the Boot file to get the dual boot back when you are ready.
     
  5. drz01

    drz01 Weekend DJ

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    If you do not want disturb your setup try this approach. Find a cheep usb case and install your wife's drive into this and then you can backup your wifes drive. If you look hard enough you can find a case for $20 and later on you can install a different drive and use this setup as a backup/external drive.
     
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  6. tom9042

    tom9042 OSNN Senior Addict Folding Team

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    Thanks for all the replies. I used the fixmbr to solve my problem.

    The usb drive won't help me this time since I can't boot her computer.