Replace the MBR (Master Boot Record) for Xp

  Dearersteak 17:19 20 Oct 2003

Hi All.

Don't panic, i have'nt lost the use of my MBR, merly want to "change" it.

I installed Mandrake a while back, and have desided the hard drive space would be better used as storge, because so far, i have only used Linuxs a few time.

Now, i intend to format the partition , but if correct, i'm still going to get the Mandrake Boot loader...

Now what i've been told i'll need to do, is insert the XP cd, press R to get into the recoverly consule, and then fix the MBR by tying fdisk /mbr (or is it Fix MBR)?

Is this correct, because the last thing i want, is to corrupt my MBR by trying to fix it :P

Any feed back welcome...
Cheers all

  VoG II 17:30 20 Oct 2003
  Dearersteak 19:14 20 Oct 2003

ok, well, i got into the recovery consule, and then i got this message...

Microsoft Windows(R) Recovery Console

The Recovery Console provides system repair and recovery functionality.
Type EXIT to quit the Recovery Console and restart the computer.


Which Windows Installation would you like to log onto
(To cancel, press ENTER)?

What do i need to entre? If i hit Enter, it quits and then continues to boot up like normal...

  VoG II 19:18 20 Oct 2003

Press 1

More info click here

  powerless 19:23 20 Oct 2003

click here

Download the Win 98 one. Boot from the floppy and type:

fdisk /mbr

Click ok.

MBR fixed.

  hugh-265156 19:24 20 Oct 2003

you can use a windows 98se oem bootdisk from click here and it works with xp.easier than the recovery console.i have done this myself.

boot from the floppy and type fdisk /mbr

  Dearersteak 19:28 20 Oct 2003

Ah.. Smaching, just so happens i have a 98 boot disk! (i'm a Junoir Techy and its handy having one in my tool kit)

Right, i'll give that a crack...

Will let you know how it goes...

  hugh-265156 19:34 20 Oct 2003

lol! am too slow

  Dearersteak 13:35 21 Oct 2003

Well... Good news, as you well predicted, it worked a treat. Just booted up and gave it a go, worked without a glich, so no more Mandrake Boot loader!

Thanks for your Help!
Green tick on the way!..

  powerless 18:48 21 Oct 2003

50 Quid for that one.

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