[Wolves] Master Boot Record

Rob Annable rob.annable at gmail.com
Tue Nov 23 09:11:46 GMT 2004

On Tue, 23 Nov 2004 09:01:50 +0000, Schwuk <schwuk at schwuk.com> wrote:
> On Tue, 2004-11-23 at 08:18 +0000, Rob Annable wrote:
> > I need to wipe them clean and start again. I've seen some tutorials
> > after a little Googling, but wondered if any of you guys had any
> > suggestions. I've had a go at a DOS based solution using FDISK but had
> > no joy.
> On machines with Windows (NT/2000/XP in my case) FDISK /MBR from a DOS
> boot disk has always done the job for me, but I don't know if it works
> on non-Windows'ed disks. I've also heard reference to "zeroing out the
> MBR" but I don't know the actual process.

That's what I tried, had no luck.

> What are you wanting to do with them? If you're using them for Linux or
> *shudder* Windows installs the MBR will get fixed anyway, and if you're
> just using them for storage the MBR doesn't matter does it?

I don't think it does fix it. It was reinstalling *shudder* Windows
that made me realise something was up. You get all the way through the
install and then it reboots to say 'Operating System Missing', which I
think is because it's getting confused when it tries to follow the
instructions in the MBR. Of course I could be wrong and this thread
could be retitled Wild Goose Chase.

> Cheers,
> --
> Schwuk - http://www.schwuk.com/
> Cumbria LUG - http://www.cumbria.lug.org.uk/



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