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Windows 7: Fix MBR after dumping Fedora.....

18 Jan 2011   #1

Windows 8, Ubuntu 12.04 64bit, Pear Linux Triple Boot
 
 
Fix MBR after dumping Fedora.....

Morning everyone! I just recently went through and shrunk a partition and installed Fedora 14 on my hard drive in a dual boot setup. Well without getting into to much detail, I want it gone and just have Windows only. I know I will have to fix the MBR before using Disk Managment to reclaim the linux partition. Can some one please give me an easy to follow way to repair the MBR? I do have the Windows 7 retail disc Thanks in advance

Geeve


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18 Jan 2011   #2

Windows7 Pro 64bit SP-1; Windows XP Pro 32bit
 
 

This should do it.
Double check you have everything set up per Steps 1 and 2 or you could have problems.
Also you may have to do it up to three times per tutorial

Option One
Startup Repair - Run 3 Separate Times
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18 Jan 2011   #3
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Hello mate.



The first best way to proceed is to do a partition-specific wipe of the Linux partition using the free Partition Wizard boot disk, outlined in Option Three of this tutorial at the link below.

Partition Wizard : Use the Bootable CD



Then use the info in this one to get Windows booting again and be sure to post back with any further questions you may have and to keep us informed.

Startup Repair - Run 3 Separate Times
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18 Jan 2011   #4

Windows 8, Ubuntu 12.04 64bit, Pear Linux Triple Boot
 
 

Rock and roll!!! Thanks everyone, I will give it a go when I get home! I have to say that Fedora 14 is nice and works great, but LVM is killing my soul LOL!! I was chatting with some folks at the fedora forum as well, I am going to try to give myself more space in my Home folder on the linux side first, but wanted to get ahead of the game if I just get really frustrated and dump it completely. I am very edgy today and this LVM B.S. set me off, as the coffee sinks in I am getting calmer LOL Thanks again!!

Geeve
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18 Jan 2011   #5
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

You're welcome and be sure to post back to keep us informed.
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18 Jan 2011   #6

Windows 7 x64 Ultimate
 
 

If your Linux needs are not on the extreme side (full multi processor 3d etc) I would strongly suggest using VMWare or Virtual box's free VMs for testing/running linux. You can install and remove dozens of VMs and distros and NEVER have to go through anything likethis again .

If you really do need a raw install, I /always/ used seperate disks and then either a HD tray to swap them or the BIOS to change the boot disk. Dual booting off a single disk (Between windows and Linux) is and always has been a complete nightmare
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18 Jan 2011   #7

Windows 8, Ubuntu 12.04 64bit, Pear Linux Triple Boot
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by fseal View Post
If your Linux needs are not on the extreme side (full multi processor 3d etc) I would strongly suggest using VMWare or Virtual box's free VMs for testing/running linux. You can install and remove dozens of VMs and distros and NEVER have to go through anything likethis again .

If you really do need a raw install, I /always/ used seperate disks and then either a HD tray to swap them or the BIOS to change the boot disk. Dual booting off a single disk (Between windows and Linux) is and always has been a complete nightmare
I used to run it on two seperate drives, then I got a new PC and only have one drive (SATA that is, I have a stack of old IDE though LOL) I played with it in Virtual Box for awhile and thought it would be nice to have the option to play with it as a dual boot. I have never had a problem like this before.

I installed it on a 60GB partition that I had created and got it all set up. I went to move some files over from my external and it kept giving me errors about not having enough space. Once I dug around I realized Linux had set up to give the usr Home folder 5GB and kept the rest for Root. Needless to say I was ticked off, this is apparently the default for it's install, which makes no sense to me at all. You have this fully customizable OS, but by default you can't have enough room for one DVD worth of info in your home folder, unless you do a custom install.

Oh well, live and learn I guess I am going to try to give myself more room using system-config-lvm GUI on the Linux side. The way I see it is if I screw it up I at least know I can get rid of it completely and let Windows have the full drive back with out to much hassle, Thanks to you fine folks

Geeve



Edit: Got it everyone. I made the Home folder bigger in Linux and I am much happier now. I do have all the info in this thread set in my favourites and thank you all!!
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