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03 Jan 2013   #11

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mibaup View Post
Thanks you all replies you really helped, just another question, I formatted this empty drive with Windows and allocated it as D: , should I delete it first (via Disk Managment) in order to install Linux or if I choose this drive during installation , Linux will "take" it automatically and the next time I boot from Windows, I won't see D: anymore?
Shrink what you call D, or delete it. So there's unallocated space to install linux on.
After you created the unallocated space:
  1. Disconnect windows boot drive from system. Off course power off complete first and disconnect power cable.
  2. Install linux
  3. test if it's working
  4. shutdown, power off. disconnect power cable. reconnect windows boot drive
  5. Power on and boot from windows drive.
You can change boot drive in BIOS to linux drive or windows drive. Or do you want a linux boot entry in boot menu?

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03 Jan 2013   #12

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If you want to use easybcd to add linux entry to win7 boot manager:

Once inside Windows 7, run EasyBCD. Make sure you're using the latest and greatest version!
At this point, go to the "Add Entry," select "Linux," and then select "GRUB2" from the drop-down menu. Give it a descriptive name if you so desire and click the Add Entry button when you're done.
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03 Jan 2013   #13
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Whs is correct - if you have second hdd, his suggestion is the easiest to implement. If you only have a single hdd, then this works perfectly:
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03 Jan 2013   #14

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Thanks ! you're great people !
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03 Jan 2013   #15
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05 Jan 2013   #16

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Linux killed Windows MBR

Hi ,
Second edit: how did this post got here ?it's was a different post nvm I guess it's related to this thread
EDIT: I solved the problem so I will tell you how if you don't want to read this long story:
The problem was caused by me setting the boot flag to C: partition of Windows inside Linux using GParted, while the boot flag should be set to the 100 MB reserved Windows Partition.

I installed Linux on a second empty hard drive, and used GRUB to boot everytime. (Linux drive was the master)
Later, I wanted to completely delete the Linux drive to make it empty again, because I wanted to install a different Linux version. I did that by deleting the partitions of the Linux drive via Windows Disk Managment.
On the next reboot, I got the message "BOOTMGR is missing". I then entered a repair disk that I got with the PC and pressed Startup Repair, but it said it could not fix the problem, so I used the other method of writing :
bootrec /FixMbr
bootrec /FixBoot
bootrec /RebuildBcd
but on the "bootrec /RebuildBcd" it told me that no OS found.

The next thing I did was to reinstall Linux on the empty hard drive , and use GRUB to boot to Windows again.
Now I can boot to Windows but only via GRUB, but I really want Windows MBR to work again so I can set it as master (if I set Windows drive as master I still get BOOTMGR is missing)

*Could my repair disk be bad and I should try to fix it with another one that I make? ( I didn't make it, I got it when I bought the PC)
**Is there a way to fix the BOOTMGR when I am inside Windows?
***For the next time: How can I delete Linux without killing Windows MBR?

Thanks everyone I hope this story didn't make you
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