OLD System, dual boot 2 drives one dead

Discussion in 'Technical' started by narwhale, Nov 2, 2009.

  1. narwhale

    narwhale New Member

    I know this is kinda out there but please help if you can. I have an old 2001 Compaq with it's origional 40GB HDD. I got into Ubuntu and love it. I recycled an old 30GB drive and plugged it in back when 9.04 came out. I had to use super GRUB to get the mount points to mesh. Now these are Ultra ATA100 drives and the 30GB has died right when I was upgrading to 9.10 Ubuntu.
    The problem is that I cannot access the GRUB boot menu with the dead drive pulled [I get a GRUB Error 25] so I figured I would pull the drive in the BIOS but that did not work I still need that dead drives firmware to boot. I have ordered a new drive but need help with how to go about removing the dead drive, installing the new one and returning to a dual boot 2 drive system. I know this is not a GRUB 'site' but I hope there are many of you that know a lot more about this than I do. :confused:
  2. computer_freak_8

    computer_freak_8 New Member

    Try using the SGD (Super Grub Disk) from here. If that doesn't work, try the SG2D (Super Grub 2 Disk) from here. (You can see all the files here.)

    Also, on this page, it has error code listings for Grub 0.97; under "Reported by Stage 2", it mentions:
  3. narwhale

    narwhale New Member

    THx For the reply

    I'm researching the features for reinstal MBR in windows and /or uninstal GRUB and reinstal MBR in windows. I think Super GRUB will be my best solution and will prep me best for the new HDD due Friday:) Will Post results when complete!
    Last edited: Nov 3, 2009
  4. narwhale

    narwhale New Member

    SGD work's great

    I booted to CD with the SGD in slot and it was intuitive and simple to revert to a single disc boot of Windows from a master boot disc drive!!!!!!
    I am now set up to install a new HDD with Linux [Ubuntu 9.10] as soon as the new drive arrives:):):)
    Anyone with similar trouble should use Super GRUB as an option; it is a simple solution to dual boot with duel drives in an ATA100 formatte!
  5. computer_freak_8

    computer_freak_8 New Member

    Haha, glad to hear you got it working! ;-)

    SGD has saved me so many times, it's ridiculous. (I haven't needed SG2D yet, fortunately.) I don't know about SG2D, but I do know that SGD fits on a single (1.44MB) floppy disk. And it can bring a computer from "Boo!" to "WooHoo!" in less than 2 minutes. Eventually, I learned how to do it from a Linux LiveCD using the Grub Shell, but SGD's speed and interface really can't be beat, provided you don't need the full Linux LiveCD system.

    Now, enjoy Ubuntu! :p

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