windows overwrote boot record

Juan Kawada juankawada at
Thu Aug 21 21:36:57 BST 2008

would hd0 be my boot partition?  sorry I have no idea what i'm doing
really. How do I know what my boot/root partitions are?

On 8/21/08, Willy K. Hamra <w.hamra1987 at> wrote:
> Juan Kawada wrote:
>> I just had to reinstall windows, and it overwrote the boot record, I
>> now boot to a screen that says
>> windows xp home edition
>> windows xp professional
>> I got into a live cd and tried this:
>> sudo grub
>> find /boot/grub/stage1
>> root (hd0,5)
>> setup (hd0)
>> and got:
>> grub> find /boot/grub/stage1
>>  (hd0,5)
>> grub> root (hd0,5)
>> grub> setup (hd0)
>>  Checking if "/boot/grub/stage1" exists... yes
>>  Checking if "/boot/grub/stage2" exists... yes
>>  Checking if "/boot/grub/e2fs_stage1_5" exists... yes
>>  Running "embed /boot/grub/e2fs_stage1_5 (hd0)"...  16 sectors are
>> embedded.
>> succeeded
>>  Running "install /boot/grub/stage1 (hd0) (hd0)1+16 p
>> (hd0,5)/boot/grub/stage2
>> /boot/grub/menu.lst"... failed
>> Error 22: No such partition
>> What's wrong?  I've also tried setup (hd0,5) with similar results.
>> Is this because I'm using i'm using the 7.10 live cd on an 8.04
>> install? I'm not sure where my 8.04 disc went.
> i don't think it matters, grub is the same for all versions and distros
> i'm sorry i can't be of much help, since i never used that command, when
> i do any reinstall/repair of windows, and the MBR gets overwritten, i
> boot the LiveCD-any *buntu LiveCD-and do the following
> mount my partition, if you have more than 1 partition, you need to mount
> the root partition and the boot partition, keeping their original
> directory tree, for example, if you mounted the root partition under
> /media , you should mount the boot partition under /media/boot .
> and then i issue the following command:
> sudo grub-install --root-directory={mount directory} /dev/{the device}
> mount directory=the directory you mounted your root partition at
> the device=the hard disk device you want to install grub on
> hope this works
> --
> Willy K. Hamra
> Manager of Hamra Information Systems
> Co. Manager of Zeina Computer & Billy Net

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