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Abhinav Srivastava
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So I had this perfectly working setup of WinXP and Ubuntu and then I had to reinstall WinXP. I just reinstalled Win, did not format the drive etc. I have one 160GB disk on my laptop.

1. The grub loader disappeared.
2. Used LiveCD and when I started GParted, it would not show my partitions.
3. Any attempts to restroe grub failed. It wouldn't find the "stage1".
4. Tried to reinstall Ubuntu, failed with Error 18.
5. It seems like the partitions have gone out-of-order at least thats what TestDisk says... (incorrect number of heads/cylinder 240 (FAT32) != 255 (HD))
6. Windows Checkdisk runs fine.
7. PartitionMagic won't start complaining about drive letters.

What can I do next (other than backing up my HD and reformatting/partitioning the whole thing.)?
 
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Abhinav Srivastava wrote:
1. The grub loader disappeared.


Windows does not play well with others. It always overwrites the master boot record, which disables Grub.

Abhinav Srivastava wrote:
3. Any attempts to restroe grub failed. It wouldn't find the "stage1".


Exactly what did you do? Did you try the procedures to recover Grub here?

Abhinav Srivastava wrote:
What can I do next (other than backing up my HD and reformatting/partitioning the whole thing.)?


You may want to post over at Ubuntu Forums. They may have some in-depth knowledge that escapes me (I'm a mere Ubuntu user). Personally, I'd start from scratch, but I store all my important data on a NAS, so it's not a big deal.
 
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I am pretty sure that there is a Ubuntu/Debian utility to rewrite the master boot record so that grub works. But as written upthread, the Ubuntu forums have folks who know much more than I do. I am mostly a user, altho I pretend to be a sysadmin on four systems
 
I agree. Here's the link: http://aspose.com/file-tools
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