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Why did my dual boot kill a computer

By Harold the sage
Sep 3, 2006
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  1. I recently lent a hard drive to a friend, on which we proptly installed linux (so his computer was dual booted), later i had to take back the hard drive and (to make a long story short) we ended up having to completely re-install windows. can anyone tell me why this happened and how to prevent it in the future, by the way the linux was SUSE 9.2.
  2. blue_dragon

    blue_dragon Newcomer, in training Posts: 278

    need more info

    on what drive did you install which OS?
  3. Nodsu

    Nodsu Newcomer, in training Posts: 9,431

    First, what exactly happened? Your system started smoking? Big green flashing rings started to float around the screen? You could only boot into Tetris? The computer made funny "bleep" "bleep" noises? Really, how can we explain something you don't describe?

    Operating systems can not boot if the hard drive location changes. For example, if the drive was slave on your friend's system and master in your system, then the bootloader got confused and probably either crashed or gave you some weird command prompt.
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