Ubuntu :: Grub2 Loads The Recovery Partition Of Win7?

Mar 7, 2011

As a big supporter of Ubuntu, after installing Ubuntu 10.10 on my mums laptop i decided to also install it on my sisters Acer Aspire one netbook.

The specific netbook had pre-installed Win7 starter. Everything went really smooth with the installation with ubuntu 10.10, Grub menu was also loading pretty well but when i chose to load on windows it loads the recovery partition of the hard drive.

The issue is that the netbook, like most netbooks and laptops, has a hidden partition which is used to recover Windows on the system. My Grub2 loader added this partition as an option to load windows with result me not be able to boot on windows ...well i do can load but it loads the recovery of windows.

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On this dual-boot machine I have Ubuntu installed on hd0 (/dev/sda), Windows 7 is installed on hd1 (/dev/sdb). The mbr for Ubuntu is on /dev/sda1. After installing Windows I went through the steps to reinstall grub2 on /dev/sda1, but Windows 7 kept loading. So I went ahead and upgraded to 10.04, expecting the upgrade to overwrite the correct MBR, but this didn't work either. When I was looking at the advanced options in the 10.04 installation I noticed Windows 7 had an MBR in /dev/sdb2. If I installed grub2 to this partition should it overwrite 7's bootloader and allow me to load from grub2? Or is there something else I should be looking for to resolve this problem?

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Jan 5, 2011

I have a dual boot setup with Windows 7 and Ubuntu. Lately Windows 7 has been causing me all kinds of grief and I decided that it would be better to just restore it back to factory settings. I have a Windows 7 recovery partition (hidden) that I can see from Ubuntu, however Grub2 does not detect it. It only has two identical Windows entries that take me into Windows (though in /boot/grub/grub.cfg they point to hd0,msdos1 and hd0,msdos2 respectively).

I have searched far and wide on the Internet on how to gain access to this recovery partition to no avail. I even found a link from Lenovo's website that details how to do this in the old version of Grub, though it doesn't work in Grub2.

Here are the most useful links that I have found thus far, both fall short unfortunately. [URL]

I have already backed up all my data, so I can nuke the whole disk if that's what it takes, but I don't actually have a Windows Recovery CD, only the hidden partition which I can't seem to boot into.

I also saw some posts where people were having trouble disabling the recovery partitions from appearing in the Grub menu, their answers often consisted of people telling them that it's not possible to disable the recovery partition from appearing without hiding the main Windows Install, oh the irony!

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Ubuntu - Windows 7 - Windows Recovery (vista)

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Clearly it seems there is a resolution issue. I have a 1440 x 900 monitor and the current version NVIDIA driver.

This happened some time ago on previous Ubuntu releases, but was not an issue when I originally installed 10.04.

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Although this isn't "life-threatening" I'm just a bit worried that I might need the Recovery Menu and not be able to use it.

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But, when I rebooted again, I got a black screen saying that �No modules found. Press any key to restart�
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