How to install MBR to new hard disk?
What is the procedure for moving the Master Boot Record from one hard drive to another, and booting from that second?
I suspect that my Windows partition, sda1, has given up the ghost in some way. (When it starts to analyze my partitions, Gparted gets absolutely stuck on sda. The computer continues to sound like something is trying to read a hard drive after closing Gparted, until shutdown. Also, Windows will no longer boot, though I'm confident that the GRUB options should get it there: it says (if I remember correctly) that the config.sys file is missing or corrupt, and I should fix it with the Windows install disk.)
This is fine; I haven't used Windows at home in over a year and the drive can be wiped as far as I'm concerned. BUT -- sda contains the Master Boot Record.
I know that I could make sdb the master drive and sda a slave (or just remove it), but where would the MBR go?
There must be a regular procedure for installing a MBR on a drive without one. What is it? If it's already documented, can somebody refer me, please?