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    Erasing the MBR ?


    Hi ! Just wanted to ask a few questions about GRUB:

    1. How can it be removed from the MBR ? (not feom linux and from linux)

    2. Is it true that lilo will be left off in the future distros ?

    3. When you format a linux partition on which linux was installed GRUB remains installed and runs at boot-time, right ?

    I need to get these answers before making any moves. (to be on the safe side)

    P.S: When you install XP does it put itself in the MBR ?

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    Re: Erasing the MBR ?

    Quote Originally Posted by Goran
    Hi ! Just wanted to ask a few questions about GRUB:
    1. How can it be removed from the MBR ? (not feom linux and from linux)
    I think u could use
    Code:
    fdisk /mbr
    in a dos mode

    Quote Originally Posted by Goran
    3. When you format a linux partition on which linux was installed GRUB remains installed and runs at boot-time, right ?
    P.S: When you install XP does it put itself in the MBR ?
    U could choose ur partition where u want Grub to be installed (for example the root one).Yes when u install XP he goes by itself on the mbr and erase grub or lilo
    Good luck

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    Thank You for the answer and for the quick response !

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    just a few clean up points to note.

    GRUB needs the files that are in /boot/grub/ , so if you decide to delete them or format over them, grub will not properly work (you'll get the grub > command prompt).

    LILO does not have this requirement, so you can instal LILO and then do whatever you like to that drive.

    Both LILO and GRUB will allow you to make any of your operating systems the default, so you can have your favorite Uncle Bill operating system come up by default and have a real operating system (like Linux) only start if you highlight it.

    have fun
    Nerderello

    Use Suse 10.1 and occasionally play with Kubuntu
    Also have Windows 98SE and BeOS

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