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    Default In over my head now - please help

    I did something really stupid. I had a system with Windows 7 and Toorox installed. I wanted to replace Toorox with openSUSE, so I tried installing openSUSE but had some issues.

    I kind of wanted to start from scratch keeping windows only and then attempting to install openSUSE again, so I ended up booting to Windows and from there, using the disk manager, deleted the other partitions. But now I can't boot to windows. I must have missed a step, because every time I turn on the computer, it takes me too grub rescue, even when I pop in my windows 7 DVD and try to boot from the DVD drive. I have been unable to figure out this issue. Only partitions appearing in grub rescue are (hd0) (hd0,msdos2) (hd0,msdos1). Now I have no idea what to do at this point and don't want to try anything and risk making things worse than they are. I don't even know if I can save this system anymore.

    If anybody has fixed a similar issue, could you please point me in the right direction?

    Best regards.

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    Default Re: In over my head now - please help

    Just a guess: the partitions you deleted in Windows held GRUB which now cannot do anything. You could try the SuperGrub disk or GParted to see if they can restore the partition table and allow you access to GRUB again or reinstall it.

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    Default Re: In over my head now - please help

    On 2014-03-02 15:16, ib625 wrote:
    >
    > I did something really stupid. I had a system with Windows 7 and Toorox
    > installed. I wanted to replace Toorox with openSUSE, so I tried
    > installing openSUSE but had some issues.
    >
    > I kind of wanted to start from scratch keeping windows only and then
    > attempting to install openSUSE again, so I ended up booting to Windows
    > and from there, using the disk manager, deleted the other partitions.
    > But now I can't boot to windows. I must have missed a step, because
    > every time I turn on the computer, it takes me too grub rescue,


    Yes.

    Grub installs some files on the root partition used by Linux. When you
    deleted those partitions using Windows, you also destroyed Grub, so that
    it can not boot anything at all.

    There is a Windows tool that recreates the master boot record (MBR)
    needed for Windows to boot. You also need to mark the Windows partition
    as bootable (I don't know if that program does it automatically or not).

    Code:
    bootrec.exe /FixMbr
    You need to boot from a Windows rescue CD. To boot that CD, you need to
    tell the bios of your computer to boot that.

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    Cheers / Saludos,

    Carlos E. R.
    (from 13.1 x86_64 "Bottle" at Telcontar)

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    Default Re: In over my head now - please help

    Thank you both. I do not have a windows rescue cd per se, but tried to boot from my windows 7 installation cd but was unable to. The only thing I did that finally ended up working was reinstalling opensuse. This fixed the bootloader, and now my computer is back to normal but with OpenSUSE instead of toorox.

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