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creating master boot record for win 2k

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Hi everyone,

My current system comprises of 2 physical hard disks.  The first one contains Linux, the second Win 2K.

My problem is that the Linux drive contains the boot  record for both operating systems.  I now want to format my linux drive and re-install win 98 to that drive, but how do I create a valid MBR for my second drive to boot Win 2K?

I have already tried the fdisk /mbr command, but kept recieving the message "incorrect dos version".  It might be that my fdisk is from an older package, but its the only one I could find.

Any suggestions?

Cheers

Nick Hoggard
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by:kahlean
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if i am not mistaken, you can rerun the linux installation again, and the nselect not to use lilo boot. then exit installation, then use fdisk to format the partition to fat32. Hope this help

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alternatively you can remove the linux partition, the nboot from the win2000 cdrom and run the repair console. type fixboot <win2000 drive letter>. This will resoter the win2000 boot record.

Then you can use fdisk to remove the ext2 partition.

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then follow the instruction of this ms article to install win98 on a win2k base system.

http://support.microsoft.com/support/kb/articles/Q293/4/01.ASP

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Hi Nick,

This isn't really difficult since you're using 2 physical hard disks, the issue is to take one step at a time and pay close attention to what you are doing.

First, never run Fdisk/MBR on the Win2k partition unless there is no other way to recover the installation.

Here's the procedure for you.

1. Format a clean floppy and copy over the 3 NT bootloader files from the root of the lilo partition.

ntldr, boot.ini and bootsect.dos

2. If you can still access you Win2k setup, create an emergency repair disk (ERD).

3. Now, using your Windows 98 boot disk, open Fdisk and remove the Linux partition on the first drive. Insert your dos partition and format it.

4. Install Win98 to the first drive.

5. The last part can be done in a number of ways. You can use the ERD and repair the Win2k installation which will recreate the dual boot, or you can use the installation CD for Win2k to do the same thing. You can also use the boot loader files you saved to the floppy and do this manually, although I woud recommend using either the ERD or the CD and do a repair.

Dennis
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by:nickhoggard
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Hi,

Sorry, I don't usually leave questions this long.  I was just going through my account and found that it was still open.

At this stage the question is no longer an issue so I have not been able to test the answer, but I am giving the points to Dennis for the step by step instruction.

Thanks to everyone who had input to this question.

Nick Hoggard
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Thanks Nick. Just keep the URL for future use.
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