Upgrading Dual Boot System with Complications

drew einhorn drew.einhorn at gmail.com
Wed Oct 15 03:15:24 UTC 2008

On Tue, Oct 14, 2008 at 8:57 PM, Derek Broughton <news at pointerstop.ca>wrote:

> drew einhorn wrote:
> > Booted the system, arghh.  Grub errors, need to
> > recreate a vanilla windows MBR defaulting to the
> > C: drive, with the option of loading from the recovery
> > partition instead.  Still have the old drive to copy
> > stuff from.
> >
> > Need to boot the recovery partition and reinstall
> > a factory default XP in the C: partition.
> >
> > The install a new Ubuntu.
> >
> > If all else fails I can go back to a dd copy of the
> > whole old drive to the new drive, but that will
> > require hours.
> For the life of me, I can't actually see a question in here...

It does not boot off the new disk.  The MBR is screwed up.
How do I fix the MBR on the new disk?

> If it can still actually boot off the old disk, I'd create a partition for
> Windows, then boot off the OLD disk to restore Windows to the new disk,
> then install Ubuntu (fresh), then copy my old /home/ to the new disk, and
> probably never even bother to copy the restore partition off the old drive,
> and finally remove and store the old drive in case you need that restore
> partition again.
> If booting from the old disk is now impossible, then I'd create the two
> windows partitions, dd the restore partition to the new drive, and then
> follow the steps above.
> Of course, you have a few more things to copy off the old drive if you have
> a lot of customizations - you probably want all of /etc/ at least.
> --
> derek
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Drew Einhorn
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