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Re: Lost my ability to boot Windoze

From: Jochen Hoenicke
Subject: Re: Lost my ability to boot Windoze
Date: Mon, 27 Nov 2000 13:46:13 +0100 (MET)

On Nov 24, David C. Hoos, Sr. wrote:
> Hi,
> I have a Compaq laptop (Presario 1825 w/ 12Gb. disk) on which I
> have been running Mandrake 7.1, and Windows 98 for some months.
> All of a sudden, when I select Windows from the Grub menu, I get
> the message Invalid system disk, but Linux still boots OK.
> The Windows files seem to all still be there via /mnt/win.
> Is there some way I can rewrite a sector, or some other way to
> restore the booting capability without re-installing Windows?

You can boot from a window rescue disk.  If you don't see the C: drive
anymore, you probably corrupted your partition table (or you have just
hidden the windows partition).  You can use linux's fdisk program to
fix it.

Otherwise invoke "sys c:" from the rescue disk.  This should restore
the windows boot sector, as well as the windows boot files.


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