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Ok, so I decided to install SuSe 10 as my first linux OS. I have two HDs, HD1 and HD2, windows is installed on HD2. I then downloaded and Installed ...
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    There has got to be a workaround this problem, suggestions?


    Ok, so I decided to install SuSe 10 as my first linux OS. I have two HDs, HD1 and HD2, windows is installed on HD2. I then downloaded and Installed Suse 10 on HD2 (first mistake). It wouldn't load then I formatted HD1 (lost all my music) and installed Suse 10 on there. Now Suse loads, but I cannot get windows to load... I am getting the dreaded NTLDR error. I have been googling for ever and saw a lot of references to a boot.ini file in Windows, but I cannot find it... where is this located?

    I attempted to reinstall windows on HD2 over the old installation, but it kept telling me the partition format/mbr was invalid for Windows.

    I cannot get into the recovery console because there is a stupid password which was never set, a known bug with MS, so that option is out.

    However, I can obviously access all the Windows files via Suse 10, but I'm not sure what I need to do, if anything, to get Windows to dual boot with Suse. Here is my fdisk -l information:

    Disk /dev/hda: 40.0 GB, 40000020480 bytes
    255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 4863 cylinders
    Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes

    Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
    /dev/hda1 1 131 1052226 82 Linux swap / Solaris
    /dev/hda2 * 132 4863 38009790 83 Linux

    Disk /dev/hdb: 200.0 GB, 200049647616 bytes
    255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 24321 cylinders
    Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes

    Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
    /dev/hdb1 * 1 1176 9446188+ 7 HPFS/NTFS <-- Windows is here
    /dev/hdb2 1177 16709 124768822+ f W95 Ext'd (LBA)
    /dev/hdb3 16710 21680 39929557+ 7 HPFS/NTFS
    /dev/hdb4 21681 24321 21213832+ c W95 FAT32 (LBA)
    /dev/hdb5 1177 15536 115346668+ 7 HPFS/NTFS
    /dev/hdb6 15537 16709 9422091 7 HPFS/NTFS

    Any directions, advice or google terms would be greatly appreciated... thanks in advance!

    Ryan

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    When you tried to install Windows, did you have the disc with the SUSE install still plugged in? If so, remove it and just have the 2nd drive plugged in and try to install windows there. The reason why the problem would be happening is that Windows wants to install itself to 1st drive, upon finding an incorrect MBR or a "wierd" partition, it will throw a hissy fit.

    If that doesn't work, reconnect your SUSE drive, then in yast -> System -> partitioner, delete /dev/hdb1 after backing up important stuff to your SUSE drive. Once that is done, try reinstalling windows again, with the SUSE drive removed.
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