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InvisibleautomanM
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master boot record
    #3833564 - 02/25/05 05:25 PM (12 years, 4 months ago)

anyone know how to put xp back in the master boot record if it was accidentally removed? i installed linux on a separate partition and in doing so mutilated my mbr. thanks in advance on any help you can give.

i really dont want to have to reinstall windows. here are some settings i need in tact.


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Re: master boot record [Re: automan]
    #3833610 - 02/25/05 05:35 PM (12 years, 4 months ago)

Boot from a windows 98 (or dos or whatever) bootdisk and at the dosprompt type "fdisk /mbr".


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Re: master boot record [Re: z@z.com]
    #3833827 - 02/25/05 06:40 PM (12 years, 4 months ago)

i just found what i was looking for:
http://www.ntfs.com/mbr-damaged.htm

thanks for ur reply, though


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Re: master boot record [Re: automan]
    #3835237 - 02/26/05 12:53 AM (12 years, 4 months ago)

Are you keeping your linux partition? Why not install grub or lilo on the MBR? How will you boot linux if windows is on it?


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Re: master boot record [Re: MarioNett]
    #3835521 - 02/26/05 02:33 AM (12 years, 4 months ago)

with lilo


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Re: master boot record [Re: automan]
    #3836755 - 02/26/05 02:05 PM (12 years, 4 months ago)

And how will you get to lilo if Windows writes the MBR? Why not use lilo to boot Windows?


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Re: master boot record [Re: MarioNett]
    #3842680 - 02/27/05 07:43 PM (12 years, 4 months ago)

i just use a disk to boot linux... set your boot devices to check floppy first, and check second to wherever windows is installed. that way if you want to run linux, just pop in your disk, and if you want to run windows just leave the disk out. takes a bit longer, but i like it.


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Re: master boot record [Re: lackobreath]
    #3845498 - 02/28/05 06:24 AM (12 years, 4 months ago)

To place a new MBR on a drive with winxp you need to boot from the winxp cdrom and hit 'R' when prompted to enter the recovery console. Once you get to the command prompt, run 'fixmbr' to write a new Microsoft MBR to your drive.


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