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Well I booted Fedora from a DVD and the installed it to a External HDD, now the odd thing is that even though I selected the external HDD and selected that drive as the boot drive as well it installed the boot sector onto my Windows HDD . Now I can't boot. We shall see if Ubuntu can recover my crap.

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Well I booted Fedora from a DVD and the installed it to a External HDD, now the odd thing is that even though I selected the external HDD and selected that drive as the boot drive as well it installed the boot sector onto my Windows HDD . Now I can't boot. We shall see if Ubuntu can recover my crap.

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You forgot to change the option of where to install the boot loader it defaults to the first disk. Best idea is to install grub on the fedora disk and fix the mbr on the windows disk from a recovery disk.

For windows boot from the recovery or install disk select thte command prompt and type bootrec.exe /fixmbr
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For windows boot from the recovery or install disk select thte command prompt and type bootrec.exe /fixmbr
Tried that, didn't work


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Tried that, didn't work


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What about /Fixboot ?

Here is the MS page on bootrec. I have had it saved ever since I messed up and did the same thing during an OpenSuse install.

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/927392
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just boot your win7 disc and use the cool gui recovery options, the fix boot one cant really fubar anything and it should repair what you messed up...

if not

fixmbr and fixboot from the recovery command line

OR you could just be a bamf and run grub for windows too


also a thought, you might want to check and make sure the windows install is fine to rule that out as a problem
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Being someone just getting int0 the various Linux distro's and their interaction with existing Windows OSes I certainly can recall quite a few posts dealing with the exact same issue. If some error or omission in the sequence is made the distro sends the Windows bootloader to places unknown. This is very high on my list of Linux/Windows issues to get worked out fully.
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One good thing about Mint/Ubuntu/Peppermint Ice is that they all set up the grub menu with the Windows OS by default. I always just add the line in the grub config (chainloader+1 something something, google it.) so it recognizes Windows, in distros that don't do it for me.
 
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One good thing about Mint/Ubuntu/Peppermint Ice is that they all set up the grub menu with the Windows OS by default. I always just add the line in the grub config (chainloader+1 something something, google it.) so it recognizes Windows, in distros that don't do it for me.
they didnt used to do that
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I have had some issues with booting windows by chainloading from grub. Often times larger windows updates do not wnat to install when I boot from grub.
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Tried all of it, didn't work , it boots Windows and the BSODs with UNMOUNTABLE_BOOT_VOLUME or something

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