Thursday, May 31, 2012

Toying Around With GRUB 2

I ran into a problem today: when trying to select my Windows 7 from the grub list, I accidentally selected the one right above it: "Windows Recovery Environment..." Unfortunately, this opens up a the Samsung Recovery 4 Solution software which overwrites something on the MBR, so that the next time you boot up, grub no longer loads. Luckily, I was able to solve the problem by installing Ubuntu 12.04 LTS (which I had downloaded recently and was needing to install anyway).

Putting GRUB on a thumbdrive

While it was installing, though, I did some research because it got me thinking: I should either remove that option from the list altogether, or have a quicker way to boot into one of my existing linux distros to quickly rewrite grub2 to the MBR. I liked the idea of the latter, so I attempted writing grub2 to a flash drive which will then be used to load an OS already on my hard drive.