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Unfortunately I am having this same problem again. I had Ubuntu on a separate drive. But then I removed the drive and reformatted it to serve in another computer. But now somehow, I'm still stuck with grub. And instead of booting right into windows like its supposed to, it says

"Verifying DMI Pool data:..................error: No such device: (very long string of incomprehensible characters) grub rescue>_"

So I was hoping that someone might know what I'm supposed to type after it says " grub rescue>_"
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Unfortunately I am having this same problem again. I had Ubuntu on a separate drive. But then I removed the drive and reformatted it to serve in another computer. But now somehow, I'm still stuck with grub. And instead of booting right into windows like its supposed to, it says
"Verifying DMI Pool data:..................error: No such device: (very long string of incomprehensible characters) grub rescue>_"
So I was hoping that someone might know what I'm supposed to type after it says " grub rescue>_"

just reboot the machine with your windows DVD in, boot off that and run the MBR rescue tools
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Doesn't work. Just keeps restarting itself over and over. I think it somehow killed my windows install.
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it wont have done as GRUB shouldn't over-write anything within the NT file system - which is where Windows' boot manager resides.

Is it the DVD that keeps rebooting or Windows after you've run the Fix MBR tools from within the Windows recovery console? (does Win7 still have that?)
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So did you have windows running on this new install and it suddenly just stopped booting? Or did you install windows and now it wont boot? If you installed with does and it wont boot I would recommend doing a low level format which should erase the MBR then reinstall windows.
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it wont have done as GRUB shouldn't over-write anything within the NT file system - which is where Windows' boot manager resides.
Is it the DVD that keeps rebooting or Windows after you've run the Fix MBR tools from within the Windows recovery console? (does Win7 still have that?)

Both keep doing it. The DVD will do the exact same thing that trying to start windows on my C drive will do. They both just loop a restart. They both make it to the "Starting windows" part and then they just restart the machine. I deleted the drive, squashed it as much as I could in every way I could think of with Gparted, and formatted it to NTFS. And somehow, even after that, grub remained. So somehow, it wasn't on my main C drive. Yet, it wasn't on my remaining storage drive either. It was somehow embedded in.... I want to say the bios but I just don't understand how that is possible. Cause it wasn't until I pressed that little red button on the motherboard that I was able to get rid of the accursed grub. Then all my bios settings went back to factory default, and grub was gone. I could then reinstall windows 7 on my Cdrive.

I now hate grub. Because this isn't the first time I've had to deal with this nuisance. Its just that I ended up sticking the Linux drive back in the rig for another reason the first time I had this problem. So that fixed it for me then. Why is it that Grub can't handle having one of its drives removed? From my experience, it would seem that if you take out one of the hard drives that was installed in a machine after Grub gets installed, you're screwed. Cause it will effectively lock you out of your main OS drive until you stick missing drive back in. What I piece of crap. I hate grub and I'll never use it again and I will never recommend that anyone else use it. It has caused me no end of grief and endless trouble.
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Both keep doing it. The DVD will do the exact same thing that trying to start windows on my C drive will do. They both just loop a restart. They both make it to the "Starting windows" part and then they just restart the machine. I deleted the drive, squashed it as much as I could in every way I could think of with Gparted, and formatted it to NTFS. And somehow, even after that, grub remained. So somehow, it wasn't on my main C drive. Yet, it wasn't on my remaining storage drive either. It was somehow embedded in.... I want to say the bios but I just don't understand how that is possible. Cause it wasn't until I pressed that little red button on the motherboard that I was able to get rid of the accursed grub. Then all my bios settings went back to factory default, and grub was gone. I could then reinstall windows 7 on my Cdrive.
I now hate grub. Because this isn't the first time I've had to deal with this nuisance. Its just that I ended up sticking the Linux drive back in the rig for another reason the first time I had this problem. So that fixed it for me then. Why is it that Grub can't handle having one of its drives removed? From my experience, it would seem that if you take out one of the hard drives that was installed in a machine after Grub gets installed, you're screwed. Cause it will effectively lock you out of your main OS drive until you stick missing drive back in. What I piece of crap. I hate grub and I'll never use it again and I will never recommend that anyone else use it. It has caused me no end of grief and endless trouble.

If you have GRUB installed on drive C and Linux installed on drive D, then removing drive D will break GRUB on drive C. What you're doing is keeping the boot menu installed but removing all of its referencing files (it's a little like installing Windows on drive C and all your apps on drive D then removing drive D and wondering why Firefox wont start).

That all said, I'm wondering if you have some weird EFI thing going on (seems unlikely, but I can't see why else wiping the mobo would fix your fault).
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