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Date:      Fri, 4 Jul 1997 02:04:55 -0500
From:      Tom Jackson <>
To:        Incoming Mail List <>
Cc:        freebsd-questions@FreeBSD.ORG
Subject:   Re: MBR
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In-Reply-To: <>; from Incoming Mail List on Wed, Jun 25, 1997 at 07:43:13AM -0400
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On Wed, Jun 25, 1997 at 07:43:13AM -0400, Incoming Mail List wrote:
> Are there any tools or strategies available to install an MBR
> and boot manager without going through /stand/sysinstall and
> partitioning the disk in V2.1?
> I managed to screw up the partitions on a running disk, but
> restored them successfully.  However, when I now boot the
> machine it stops at:
> 	boot F?
> I've used my boot floppy to get around this so I can boot the
> disk, and I guess I'm assuming the MBR is gone on the disk.
> So can I put the MBR back on without destroying the disk
> partitions?
> Jon

If you have a dos partition, put bootinst.exe and related files in your
dos c: root. Type bootinst, answer with 'y' or 'n'. Presto, you have it.
I think this utility is in the utils directory. You may need a `fdisk /mbr'
if you've messed up the boot record.

Hope that helps,


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