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Want to replace Master Boot Record on dual boot system & delete Linux drive

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by DocShock, Mar 8, 2006.

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  1. DocShock

    DocShock Thread Starter

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    I have a dual boot system (2 hard drives) booting Suse and XP and boot up through Suse's built in boot manager which gives me the option of booting to Windows or Linux.

    But since I barely ever use Linux I want to delete it off the 2nd drive so I can use it for a storage drive, so I'm wondering how to replace the Windows Master Boot Record so I can just boot into my XP drive. I'm scared that once I delete/reformat the contents of the 2nd hard drive (I'll probably use Partition Magic to do this through my XP drive) that I won't be able to boot XP up anymore. So before I do anything I want to just be able to boot into XP and bypass the linux drive before I delete it to make sure everything is ok.

    Can anyone help me out with this?

    Thanks.
     
  2. matt_aj

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    Yeah, if you toast linux then it won't boot up. I had that problem when I used Fedora and got rid of it. Boot from your XP disk and go to the repair console. You can use commands in there to make a new mbr. I can remember the exact command. I think you can type help and that will give you a list of available commands. I think it is "fixboot" or "fixmbr" but I can't remember the exact command.
     
  3. DocShock

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    Thanks for the reply...when I work up the courage I'll give it a try.
     
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