Re: File system with errors, fcsk, GRUB help
On Wed, 31 Jul 2002, Antonio Rodriguez wrote:
> Woody in hdb. Root in hdb1. Win 98 in hda.
> The problem is: I really don't dare to run fcsk manually w/o advise. I would
> do it with -p alone, but w/o -p, would like some advise from list.
> Otherwise I will have to reinstall all from scratch.
> But then I would like to install GRUB as boot loader, only I am not very
> sure about the settings, and I know I could easily make win98 unbootable. I
> would not want to mess win98 in hda (This is the way I am communicating
> Any help will be GREATLY APPRECIATED.
I'm not sure about your linux filesystem problems - if the filesystem is
really damaged, running fsck is the only way to repair it. This problem
may have a different nature, but it doesn't matter since you want to start
Installing linux and making it bootable is quite safe if you are
prepared. You need:
* a win98 bootdisk with fdisk program (make sure you can boot that
diskette and run fdisk from it!),
* a linux bootdisk configured to mount /dev/hdb1 as the root filesystem
(the one prepared with mkboot will do)
With these tools you can:
* safely restore win98 mbr:
- boot from win98 diskette
- run fdisk /mbr
* boot linux with the prepared bootdisk and do anything you like: install
lilo, grub or anything; the only thing you have to be sure before you
install your bootloader is that you really install it on MBR (/dev/hda),
not on a partition (/dev/hda1 or /dev/hdb1). This way you can safely use
bootoloaders without risk of damaging win98 or making it permanently
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