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If I recall this correctly, then it suggests that each MS OS' installation process assumes it owns the HDD... Either way, I am clueless at this point. It even destroys itself. Hard drive space is cheap; there's no reason why the (IIRC) 512 byte MBR can't just be saved. http://secondsolution.net/installing-xp/installing-xp-over-2kpro.php

that is used for strorage. Best would be to ask if you would like to have that info printed out or something similar :). It is purely for gaming and nothing else. Viktor says: 5 years ago I had a problem - no bootable device found insert boot disk and press any key.

You mean a tool capable of saving:MBRbootsectors of Primary partitionsEPBR's (whole chain of it)bootsectors of logical volumesright?EXACTLY . Carlos says: December 20, 2005 at 11:25 am Manip wrote: And add a - "Windows #2" if the user wants to duel boot Windows. "Duel boot" is right. Reply With Quote Page 1 of 4 1234 Last Jump to page: Quick Navigation Windows Tips and Tweaks Top Site Areas Settings Private Messages Subscriptions Who's Online Search Forums Forums Home Most of the time, it's enough to change the bootflag (switch the active partition) and/or reinstall Grub.

I thought something bad had happened and got my lazy ass to pop that vista hdd back into the laptop. BB Map yourself with TZ Frappr | Booger's Blog Reply With Quote June 18th, 2004,11:14 AM #2 Fez Monkey View Profile View Forum Posts Junior Member Join Date Jun 2004 Posts If you can help at all, I would GREATLY appreciate it. In the end, this is how I solved the problem: I added an old 1GB hd to the primairy IDE controller, connected the drive I wanted to repair (a 40GB Maxtor

Here’s how. 1. zzz says: December 20, 2005 at 10:43 am How do I setup the recovery console on a USB stick? Select Articles, Forum, or Blog. http://unix.stackexchange.com/questions/68581/how-can-i-prevent-windows-from-overwriting-grub-when-using-a-dual-boot-machine I don’t know if I have it anymore.

So why is it unreasonable to expect that user would want to leave boot sector intact? Hardly the same as having the option open when you do a normal install. They, as I said, both show up in Bios and are in the correct booting order. This quote will give you some idea: ---"Replace the value data or rename the value or registry key to the new path for each and every registry key and value that

In general, install Windows first, then Linux. http://www.sevenforums.com/installation-setup/144225-installation-windows-7-without-touching-mbr.html It'll be lovely to also prompt for the boot option's name if such partition is found. Having a "Skip" or "Next" button is good enough for inexperienced users to escape from the panic of something unknown. Two words: Driver development!

Steve says: 3 years ago I have tried these commands but I get the response, "the device is not ready". check over here Back to top #3 Holmes.Sherlock Holmes.Sherlock Gold Member Team Reboot 1440 posts Location:Santa Barbara, California   United States Posted 10 September 2011 - 04:29 AM I believe that the NTFS boot Thanks! Don't like it?

You will normally see error messages like: Error loading operating system Missing operating system Invalid partition table These messages are definitely not fun, especially if you are not familiar with computers. Instead you have to edit the register manually, and hope you have found all the right keys." http://support.microsoft.com/kb/q236621/ Stephen Jones says: December 23, 2005 at 10:17 am Just as I said; Thanks for your help. http://secondsolution.net/installing-xp/installing-xp-on-md-96630.php If you have multiple installs you should learn to use this tool to record what is installed where.

I once thought that by contributing to the Windows OS you could make it "better" but only recently did I realize it's not the developers making the decisions, it's the managers. You have to install windows and then use your grub utility Adv Reply September 1st, 2010 #3 Mark Phelps View Profile View Forum Posts Private Message Ubuntu Member Join Date Does anyone know of a truly authoritative FAQ or HOWTO for multi-booting?

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If I leave the usb disk out, I get a message on booting up saying "verifying DMI pool data-a disk read error occurred. Maxblast copied everything from the 1GB XP OS and builds up a new OS on the new partition. Or, after looking at Symantec's description, the issue was probably that the timer tick interrupt happened. Back to top #18 Wonko the Sane Wonko the Sane The Finder Advanced user 13295 posts Location:The Outside of the Asylum (gate is closed)   Italy Posted 06 December 2011 -

You are required to enter a password. First, restart your computer with the Windows XP setup disk in the CD drive. And when i go to command prompt there is no C: drive and no windows version to find. http://secondsolution.net/installing-xp/installing-xp-pro-over-xp-home.php Now I have no choice but to login to Linux. ← Older Comments 1 2 Leave a Comment Cancel Your email address will not be published.

Windows 7 Help Forums Windows 7 help and support Installation & Setup » User Name Remember Me? I can't get past the Windows Boot Manager screen… What to do? Then reimage to unallocated space and add to GRUB to start it up: Windows 7 Installation - Transfer to a New Computer My System Specs gregrocker View Public Profile Find More Cori says: 7 years ago After following instruction in this article, I can access my vista again.

If you know enough to know what a boot sector (and partition table as Mihai points out) is then Windows is not the OS for you." I agree that you have So, user launches SystemCommander menu and… In best case configuration not accessible, in worst case he corrupts Windows MBR. If you had more than one…….it's double trouble. When I'm at the prepare screen of the install, it says I am missing a hard drive or a DVD etc., and to browse etc.

By accident I created a new mbr in windows partition and that forced me to adopt your method, which I wish I had seen earlier. Advanced Search

Forum English Get Technical Help Here Install/Boot/Login how to avoid Windows MBR from overwriting and corrupting Grub Welcome! Once you do, MS will have no choice but to call or fold. Is it supposed to be vista?

And if you wait until afterwards it gets worse. Have you fixed yours yet?