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How can I repair grub? (How to get Ubuntu back after installing Windows?)

Hi installed W7 after Ubuntu 11.04, and it broke up my boot options, I followed this tutorial to restore boot loader: Recovering Ubuntu After Installing Windows. But when i run:

sudo grub-install --boot-directory=/media/5292fba2-f517-466d-a120-b8a61a97ca8a/boot /dev/sda2

I get this errors:

/usr/sbin/grub-setup: warn: Attempting to install GRUB to a partitionless disk or to a partition.  This is a BAD idea..
/usr/sbin/grub-setup: warn: Embedding is not possible.  GRUB can only be installed in this setup by using blocklists.  However, blocklists are UNRELIABLE and their use is discouraged..
/usr/sbin/grub-setup: error: will not proceed with blocklists.

Can somebody help me with this? thanks in advance.

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marked as duplicate by Eliah Kagan, Jorge Castro, fabricator4, hhlp, Eric Carvalho Jan 11 '13 at 16:07

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The guide do not say to use /dev/sda2: it is a partition.

You should install GRUB to the disk boot sector, I suppose in your case is /dev/sda.

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such easy, thanks. – Centurion Jul 18 '11 at 6:04

Sometimes there are good reasons to install GRUB2 into a partition, not into the disk's MBR, e.g. when you have multiple operating systems on the disk. The 11.10 Kubuntu installer did install grub2 into a partition without problems, and I could boot-chain into it from the bootloader installed in the MBR. But when moving partitions around, one has to manually use grub-install.

The command is then:

sudo grub-install --force /dev/sda6
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Had a dual boot on iMac with refit pointing to ubuntu partition, and need to install grub directly there. this did the trick! – Jobi Carter Dec 31 '12 at 1:16

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