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[ale] Ok, I'm really hosed now.
- Subject: [ale] Ok, I'm really hosed now.
- From: mbarker68 at comcast.net (Michael Barker)
- Date: Wed, 20 Mar 2002 10:16:56 -0500
Last week I put out a question about a problem I was having with my dual
boot system. It seems that I had inadvertantly mangled mbr on my
windows drive and the suggested fix I received was to do an fdisk /mbr
to rewrite it. Well one of the things that I have overlooked that may
have an effect on the whole scenerio is that I had used Partition
Commander to set up initially and this may have re-written mbr in a way
that fdisk could not fix, because it had no effect on the disk.
What did happen is that I lost my facility to access my secondary master
30G drive that contains Mandrake 8.1. I booted through rescue to
Mandrake and ran /sbin/lilo. However, I can not get to lilo when
Now I have to speculate because this is not my area of knowledge or
I have an older Epox AMD 300 with Award BIOS. I originally built with a
6G Matrox and last spring added a 30G Matrox. When I installed I had to
install the Matrox drivers to see all of the drive. This is what I
believe fdisk /mbr has hosed. My dilema is that in order to reinstall
the install program wants to format the drive but I don't want to lose
Mandrake and all my data.
The 6G Windows drive can be sacrificed as I rarely use it and have no
important data there.
Can someone help me to understand the problem and find a solution. I
have some ideas as to how to recover but I dont want to confuse any one
with my illinformed speculation. So knowledge and understanding is my
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