Dual Boot Need to Reinstall Windows XP

Hello everyone.

I have a laptop that had a 100GB hard drive.  I partitioned the drive into two 50GB parts.  I installed Windows Xp pro on the first partition and SUSE 10 on the second.  Works fine.  I have a need to format the first partition and install Windows XP 64 bit.  What will happen to the dual boot?  Will the format and reinstall of Windows be picked up automagically or do I need to do something with the boot loader?

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Mark
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m1tk4Connect With a Mentor Commented:
Yes.
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m1tk4Commented:
Your boot loader will most likely be overwritten with new Windows loader - windows puts boot loader in MBR.

If you use Windows boot loader to dual boot, you are fine. If you use GRUB, I would plan on restoring a boot loader with a rescue disk.
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bobbydall2000Author Commented:
Could I use the SUSE 10 disk to boot into resue mode an reinstall grub?!?

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Mark
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bobbydall2000Author Commented:
OK.  I'm trying this now.  The rescue disk boots but I am trying to mount the /dev/hda6 and it's not working.  HOw can I restore the MBR from the rescue disk?

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m1tk4Commented:
Why is it /dev/hda6 if you only had Windows and SuSe on this HDD? I would assume you had 3, 4 partitions at most (W32, swap, boot, /)?

Can you see this partition in windows in disk manager?
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bobbydall2000Author Commented:
Hello.  All sorted out.  I was able to mount using /dev/hda /mnt.  Then I chroot /mnt and I was able to reinstall grub using grub-install /mnt.  I now have a boot loader back.  Thanks for the help.

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Mark
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bobbydall2000Author Commented:
I tried a Knoppix boot disk first but I awarded the points as it ultimatly proved that the SUSE 10 DVD rescue mode was the best method for this recovery.

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