How to recover from 'grub-install /dev/hda1'

Nigel Wade nmw at
Fri Aug 13 12:56:44 UTC 2004

Ayan wrote:
> i have already tried fixmbr n stuff
> a detailed solution  would be really helpful

grub-install /dev/hda1 installs to the boot sector of the first primary 
partition, not the MBR, so fixmbr won't touch it.

What problem are you trying to resolve?

(If /dev/hda1 is a Windows XP system volume and it no longer boots due to 
installing grub in its boot sector, you might be able to use XP Recovery 
Console and the fixboot command.)

Nigel Wade, System Administrator, Space Plasma Physics Group,
             University of Leicester, Leicester, LE1 7RH, UK
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