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Thanks in advance for the help. I've learnt a little bit reading through for the last so many hours and have finally given up and have a question...

I installed 12.04 onto my HDD D: used it for a while and everything was great. Later I shrunk my D: so that I could make the unallocated space into a new partition to use...

unfortunately my Ubuntu now won't boot due to the error message below but please read on as I have some specifics that I would like help with...

"The os couldn't be loaded because the file \Ubuntu\winboot\wubildr.mbr is missing or contains error

I have been to this page: Boot manager is showing \Ubuntu\winboot\wubildr.mbr is missing or contains error and seen the duplicate and the link etc.

I would gladly uninstall and reinstall but I have some files on my ubuntu (on the root.disk as I've come to understand) that I need. Should have put them on my other partition in the first place I guess and I wouldn't have this problem right?



reading the below link is the boot issue is because I changed the partition where the WUBI file was installed and therefore has a new UUID? (not sure what this or a UUID yet though sorry). I see the instructions but don't understand how to see the grub menu and need some easier instructions I guess. Not even sure how to get a terminal up as I can't boot my WUBI...

Wubi install no longer boots

THanks again for the help,


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Did your drive assignments change when you shrunk your drive? If the UUID changed then Ubuntu won't boot, but to get the wubildr.mbr not found then either the drive letter assignment changed or the file is no longer present. PS use ext2read to recover data from the root.disk – bcbc Jan 6 '14 at 22:55

You should not have the shrinkage. You threw the boot file.

This is very dangerous for Operation Systems.

Take a look of this : Wubi Guide # How can I access the Wubi files from Windows

If it didn't worked search again and try other keywords google search | accessing wubi files from windows

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Hey thanks for the answer, I got rid of my windows in the end as I had some issues booting and now all is good though I lost some files... and now that I got rid of windows completely it was all so unnecessary... – Dan and his PC Jan 7 '14 at 19:23

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