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Old 03-14-2011, 06:05 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Hard drive won't boot but works?

Hi, it's been 10 hours and more working on that one and can't find the solution. I hope you guys can help.

I have that old tower computer with a 80 GB WD Hard drive. Everything worked fine but then I tried to delete everything on the hard drive. Booted from the live CD, installed Ubuntu, and never booted..

I can boot on the Live cd just fine but it won't boot on the hard drive. I don't know if I messed with the MBR or something while formating and I don't know how to fix it...

I'll rewrite the sudo fdisk -l here since the wireless adapter doesn't seem to work with the live CD anymore...
When I mount the hard drive from the live CD, I can navigate through it and everything is working fine.
Edit: wireless working again! So I have internet working on the live CD from the tower!

Sudo fdisk -l

Disk /dev/sda: 80.0 GB 80026361856 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 9729 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes
Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
I/O size (minimum/optimal): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
Disk Identifier: 0x00082eea

Device Boot Start End Blocks ID System
/dev/sda1 * 1 9539 76614656 83 Linux
/dev/sda2 9539 9730 1533953 5 Extended
/dev/sda5 9539 9730 1533953 82 Linux swap / Solaris

Thanks for your help! I'll try anything.... I don't have any data on the hard drive.

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Old 03-14-2011, 07:13 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Default Re: Hard drive won't boot but works?

So I just tried with another hard drive and they now both give me READ ERROR just after the DMI Pool data at the boot. None of them will boot.

Boots #1 from the live cd...

The problem might not be the hard drives?
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