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Windows 7: operating system not found - recovery

20 Jan 2010   #1
kr651129

Windows 7 and Ubuntu 9.10
 
 
operating system not found - recovery

I shrinked my hdd today because I was going to setup a 3rd os on my new dell laptop. After rebooting it said that the os was not found which is fine because my dell has a recovery partition. I tried to boot to that but couldn't because what Im finding out is that the MBR needs to be in tact to be able to boot to the recovery. I don't have a windows 7 disc and I don't have access to another PC that isnt at work. Is there anyway to fix this? Possibly booting to a live copy of linux?


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20 Jan 2010   #2
SIW2

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Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

Plenty of ways to write a new mbr - they all require you to d/l and burn a bootable .iso - so you need access to another pc.

Sadly, they won't restore the F key function that was specially created by the manufacturer.

It is likely the active marker has gone astray.

You need some kind of bootable app.

Try Gparted 3.9.4 - it stops a few times during load asking about keyboard and language , just press Enter each time.

Rt click the 100 mb partition ( if you have one ) and select Flag on. Apply.

If you don't have 100mb partition , Flag on the 7 partition - see if you can boot in then.
gparted-live-0.3.9-4.iso
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20 Jan 2010   #3
kr651129

Windows 7 and Ubuntu 9.10
 
 

thanks for the relpy. I was thinking it over durring lunch and heres what I was thinking. WHAT IF....I reinstalled ubuntu over its own partition forcing it to reload the grub? Would that have any effect?
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20 Jan 2010   #4
theog

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ME/XP/Vista/Win7
 
 

What three OS are you installing.
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20 Jan 2010   #5
kr651129

Windows 7 and Ubuntu 9.10
 
 

I had 7 x64 and ubuntu 9.10 x64 on there....and for grins I was putting leopard 10.0.5 on there because I wanna mess around with making an app for iphones without actually buying a whole new system
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20 Jan 2010   #6
iseeuu

 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by kr651129 View Post
thanks for the relpy. I was thinking it over durring lunch and heres what I was thinking. WHAT IF....I reinstalled ubuntu over its own partition forcing it to reload the grub? Would that have any effect?
This is the splash screen for a Ubuntu CD:

operating system not found - recovery-boot_first_hd_01.png

Notice * you can use the CD "live", start a Ubuntu OS without installing anything

or, <- you can boot to a partition on the hard drive with this utility: "Boot from first hard disk". Once you have booted to your Ubuntu OS you can just reinstall Grub or you can download the utilities SIW2 recommends and make Windows repairs.


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20 Jan 2010   #7
kr651129

Windows 7 and Ubuntu 9.10
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by iseeuu View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by kr651129 View Post
thanks for the relpy. I was thinking it over durring lunch and heres what I was thinking. WHAT IF....I reinstalled ubuntu over its own partition forcing it to reload the grub? Would that have any effect?
This is the splash screen for a Ubuntu CD:

Attachment 48941

Notice * you can use the CD "live", start a Ubuntu OS without installing anything

or, <- you can boot to a partition on the hard drive with this utility: "Boot from first hard disk". Once you have booted to your Ubuntu OS you can just reinstall Grub or you can download the utilities SIW2 recommends and make Windows repairs.
Now correct me if Im wrong in my thinking here, once I reinstall the grub I should be able to go right into my windows 7 correct?
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20 Jan 2010   #8
iseeuu

 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by kr651129 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by iseeuu View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by kr651129 View Post
thanks for the relpy. I was thinking it over durring lunch and heres what I was thinking. WHAT IF....I reinstalled ubuntu over its own partition forcing it to reload the grub? Would that have any effect?
This is the splash screen for a Ubuntu CD:

Attachment 48941

Notice * you can use the CD "live", start a Ubuntu OS without installing anything

or, <- you can boot to a partition on the hard drive with this utility: "Boot from first hard disk". Once you have booted to your Ubuntu OS you can just reinstall Grub or you can download the utilities SIW2 recommends and make Windows repairs.
Now correct me if Im wrong in my thinking here, once I reinstall the grub I should be able to go right into my windows 7 correct?
That depends on the reason you are not able to boot to your OSs. The Ubuntu CD 'should' be able to find Ubuntu so you can boot there. Once you are in Ubuntu, you can reinstall / update Grub. I have Ubuntu 9.04 on a test computer with 7, XP, and 98. Grub is able to find them all and put them in the boot menu. So IF windows is bootable, Grub 'should' find it and add it to the boot menu. Other problems might exist ...
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20 Jan 2010   #9
kr651129

Windows 7 and Ubuntu 9.10
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by iseeuu View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by kr651129 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by iseeuu View Post
This is the splash screen for a Ubuntu CD:

Attachment 48941

Notice * you can use the CD "live", start a Ubuntu OS without installing anything

or, <- you can boot to a partition on the hard drive with this utility: "Boot from first hard disk". Once you have booted to your Ubuntu OS you can just reinstall Grub or you can download the utilities SIW2 recommends and make Windows repairs.
Now correct me if Im wrong in my thinking here, once I reinstall the grub I should be able to go right into my windows 7 correct?
That depends on the reason you are not able to boot to your OSs. The Ubuntu CD 'should' be able to find Ubuntu so you can boot there. Once you are in Ubuntu, you can reinstall / update Grub. I have Ubuntu 9.04 on a test computer with 7, XP, and 98. Grub is able to find them all and put them in the boot menu. So IF windows is bootable, Grub 'should' find it and add it to the boot menu. Other problems might exist ...
Well I am fairly confident that Ubuntu will see them all. And if nothing else I think once I'm in there I can at least create a boot disk to the recovery as well as backup any data I have. What kind of machine are you running with thoes systems?
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20 Jan 2010   #10
iseeuu

 
 

Kristopher, this is a test computer. ASRock, AMD 754, 32 bit Sempron 2800, VIA K8M800, with one 1GB and 1 512MB DDR 400 memory. At the moment I have three OS on three different hard drives using Grub for booting. I am in the middle of puting 5 OS including Ubuntu 9.10 on one hard drive.

If you have Ubuntu 9.10, don't forget you have Grub2 not the "legacy grub". The update command for Grub2 is update-grub2. Let us know how it goes.

Cheers!
Robert
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