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Date:      Thu, 8 Jan 2009 21:37:28 -0500
From:      "Grant Peel" <>
To:        "Steve Bertrand" <>, "Kurt Buff" <>
Subject:   Re: FreeBSD Boot Manager
Message-ID:  <B655610C432F4260BE4C8E92EF791CDE@GRANTLAPTOP>
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So then,

IF we are able to restore the Windows MBR, and boot into windows, should we 
not be able to boot the machine with a bootable FreeBSD disk, then, use 
Sysinstall to restore the FreeBSD boot manager?


----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Steve Bertrand" <>
To: "Kurt Buff" <>
Cc: "Grant Peel" <>; <>
Sent: Thursday, January 08, 2009 8:33 PM
Subject: Re: FreeBSD Boot Manager

> Kurt Buff wrote:
>> On Thu, Jan 8, 2009 at 5:17 PM, Grant Peel <> wrote:
>>> On that drive, there was about 100 GB of free space, so I decided to try 
>>> putting FreeBSD 6.4 on it.
>>> During the install, I opted to use the Free BSD boot manage. The install 
>>> went flawlessly.
>>> Any idea what I might need to do to make windows work again?
>>> It may be worth mentioning, I had Norton GoBack running on the disk 
>>> before I installed FreeBSD, although I am not aware if it does anything 
>>> to the booting system.
>> Find a bootable floppy image there that includes a DOS fdisk, and
>> write it out to a floppy disk.
>> Boot your machine with that floppy, and at the DOS prompt, type 'fdisk
>> /mbr' - it will write a standard boot sector, and Windows should boot
>> again.
>> Of course, this will not allow you to boot to your new FreeBSD
>> installation, but with other folks' help, you can probably overcome
>> that - probably with GRUB, or another boot manager.
> Technically (theoretically) speaking, using a Win32 boot disk to fdisk
> /mbr, he should be able to re-initialize the FBSD boot loader by going
> through the steps he did initially.
> AFAIR, Symantec GoBack, along with many other 'in-disk' restoration
> programs, overwrite the boot sector with its own code.
> If the OP can boot back into Windows with the fdisk /mbr, he has likely
> done both:
> - broke his GoBack program's ability to recover, and;
> - made it possible to restore the FBSD boot manager
> If Windows boots after following Kurt's recommendation of restoring the
> Windows MBR, back up your Windows system, then try FreeBSD again.
> You sound courageous, give 'er!
> Steve

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