[nSLUG] experiences with rescue CD's and grub fix'n

Mark Lane lmlane at gmail.com
Mon Feb 26 18:54:07 AST 2007

On 2/25/07, D G Teed <donald.teed at gmail.com> wrote:
> This weekend I did some disk upgrades - upgrade one disk
> from my home server Linux to a larger size, and then
> moved the old one to the Kid's machine so they can dual
> boot and get their Tux wet.
> I had taken the precaution of putting an extra grub install on
> a second IDE drive on my server, but it didn't help since my
> motherboard would not support booting from the MBR on that drive.
> Debian's 3.1 install CD doesn't offer a rescue mode.
> I tried a KNOPPIX live CD but it would only see the drives
> on the first of my two Promise IDE controllers.  I found
> a nice recovery CD based on Debian called Timo's Rescue CD.
> It could see all of my drives, and grub was able to write an
> MBR to where booting was actually possible.
> On the kid's machine, I used Gparted to move Windows to
> the larger disk or two disks, and installed Ubuntu on
> the original disk they had.  Windows would boot, but
> complained about pagefile.sys - this seems to be a
> problem common to disk cloning in Gparted and some
> commercial utilties, unless you are using Ghost
> or sysprep or something.
> I wanted grub as the boot manager on the kid's box.
> The grub setup on the Gparted cdrom failed to find part
> of the stage 1.5 files.  Again, Timo's Rescue CD was
> able to run grub fine.
> So there you have it... two experiences in favor of
> using Timo's Rescue CD .

Sounds like lots of fun and demonstrates why I generally stay away
from cheap controller cards from companies like promise. Of course for
a home computer who's going to spend 200+ for a good raid 1
Mark Lane, CET <lmlane at gmail.com>


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