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Partition problem

By vilex
May 6, 2005
  1. I have an older computer (winxp) that I installed SUSE Linux on awhile back simply out of curiousity. I didn't like it so I deleted the partition it was on. I restarted my computer and instead of booting to windows there is now a command prompt like this :

    grub>

    And I don't know what to do. :confused:

    Also, once I figure out this problem, is it possible to add back to the WinXP partition all the unallocated space I put into the Linux partition without having to format the Windows partition?

    Any help would be very appreciated!
     
  2. IronDuke

    IronDuke TS Rookie Posts: 856

    Try resetting the MBR with fdisk /mbr. Once you can start then it should be OK to just format the space with Disc Management,
     
  3. vilex

    vilex TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 19

    Thanks for the reply, but I can't type anything DOS related into this grub> prompt. I don't know how I could input FDISK /MBR.
     
  4. IronDuke

    IronDuke TS Rookie Posts: 856

    Sorry, should have said boot from a floppy.
     
  5. Nodsu

    Nodsu TS Rookie Posts: 5,837   +6

    You can boot Windows if you like by doing commands:
    rootnoverify (hd0,0)
    chainloader +1
    boot

    You can fix the MBR by booting the recovery console from your Windows CD too.
     
  6. IronDuke

    IronDuke TS Rookie Posts: 856

    Noted that thanks - good to know.
     
  7. vilex

    vilex TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 19

    It worked! Thanks a lot both of you :grinthumb Now I just have to figure out how to retrieve all that unallocated space without having to format the windows partition. I read a similar thread on techspot and they recommended using partition magic to do that, so I'll see what happens.
     
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