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Thread: GRUB overwrote my Windows 7 bootloader

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Apr 2007

    GRUB overwrote my Windows 7 bootloader

    I did an install of Ubuntu 10.04 to an external USB drive which was successful. I chose the option to write GRUB to this external drive thinking it would not affect my Windows 7 boot drive.
    It did, when I try to boot I get a GRUB error:
    GRUB loading.
    error: no such disk
    grub rescue)_

    Any ideas how to fix the Windows startup disk? I'm not planning to use the USB drive on this PC but send it to a friend who would like to use the USB drive to boot and run Ubuntu on his laptop,


  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jun 2009
    SW Forida
    Ubuntu 16.04 Xenial Xerus

    Re: GRUB overwrote my Windows 7 bootloader

    The easiest way is to install and run Boot-Repair to your liveCD or USB. It will direct you to to reinstall grub2's boot loader to the external and install a Windows like boot loader to your internal drive.

    Boot Repair -Also handles LVM, GPT, separate /boot and UEFI dual boot.:
    You can repair many boot issues with this or 'Create BootInfo' report (Other Options) & post the link it creates, so we can see your exact configuration and diagnose advanced problems.

    You can directly install grub2's boot loader to the USB, if you can boot your Ubuntu from liveCD.

    #reinstall from working (not liveCD) system - first find Ubuntu drive (example is drive sdb but use your drive not partitions):
    sudo fdisk -l
    #if it's "/dev/sdb" then just run:
    sudo grub-install /dev/sdb
    #If that returns any errors run:
    sudo grub-install --recheck /dev/sdb
    sudo update-grub
    For more info on UEFI boot install & repair - Regularly Updated :
    Please use Thread Tools above first post to change to [Solved] when/if answered completely.


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