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dual boot with ME failing

On Mon, 19 Apr 2004 23:23:00 +0000
"Kalyan Vaidyanathan" <kalyan_v at> wrote:

> Hi,
>   I have a Dell Dimension 8100 with a dual boot on Windows ME and Red
>   Hat 
> Linux 9.  As of this morning, the Windows ME partition is failing to
> load.  btw, Linux partition is loading fine.  Both are two separate
> hard disks.
>   I have two questions:
> 1. Is there any way I can bypass the dual boot mechanism to go into
> the DOS partition and run chkdsk to find if the disk is corrupted?
> 2. Is it possible to mount the windows partition from within Linux and
> run chkdsk or some other diagnostic to find what's wrong with the hard
> disk?
> let me know,
You can reset the MBR. 
If you have a bootable DOS disk, run fdisk /mbr
In Linux:
dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/hda bs=512 count=1
This will clear your MBR, but make sure you have a way to boot Linux.
Both Red Hat and Suse have built-in rescue systems on their install
Jerry Feldman <gaf at>
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