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Can anyone helped me here? I have two hard drives in my desktop. Hard Drive 1 has windows installed in it. Hard Drive 2 is has OpenSuse installed in it. ...
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    Question How do you remove the grub from the windows MBR?


    Can anyone helped me here?
    I have two hard drives in my desktop. Hard Drive 1 has windows installed in it. Hard Drive 2 is has OpenSuse installed in it. First boot order is the Hard Drive 1 so I am assuming that the grub is installed in Hard Drive 1. Now, Hard Drive 2 has failed, the physical device is no longer operational. I knew that the device is somehow damaged but I let it be until it's too late. So everytime I boot the computer, it goes to the banner:
    Welcome to the Grub! something like that
    and then
    cannot find filesystem.. something like that
    then

    grub rescue>

    I tried using rescue system mode from the Opensuse media:
    rescue~:>
    rescue~:> grub
    grub> find /boot/grub/stage1
    cannot find file
    grub> setup (hd0) Note: I tried other partitions as well
    unknown filesystem
    grub> boot
    kernel must be loaded first

    To verify that it is Hard Drive 2, I installed another OpenSuse in another hd, Hard Drive 3:
    After installation, I checked the mounted devices. Hard Drive 1 still has all the data in it. Hard Drive 2 is empty except for on folder named <user> but no files as well inside.

    I am concluding that it is really indeed the Hard Drive 2. Is there a way to remove grub from the Windows MBR? I am thinking of using a Windows media to rebuild the MBR, will that work? Is there another way without using Windows media?

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    A HIRENS BOOT CD comes to mind for

    Is there another way without using Windows media?
    A burned and booted linux live cd and a fdisk -l report will give more info on what to say in this thread also.
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    The best way to do this would be to use the Repair option of your windows installation CD/DVD to repair the mbr, put windows on the mbr of the first drive. If you don't have then windows install CD/DVD, you will need to look at other options.

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