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

i have a notebook in which i installed windows, and then linux on another partition. Today, i had to reinstall windows and now i don't have access to the boot menu when the computer boots. Now i can't seem to get the grub boot menu, so i can't access my linux system.

I have tried to follow these instructions from the Ubuntu Documentation, but i can't seem to get it.

I ran the Ubuntu Live CD and
1 - I can't find Boot-Repair
2 - in the terminal, when i run fdisk -l, i get:

/dev/sda1 - HPFS/NTFS/exFAT  
/dev/sda2 - HPFS/NTFS/exFAT  
/dev/sda3 - Extended  
/dev/sda5 - HPFS/NTFS/exFAT  
/dev/sda6 - HPFS/NTFS/exFAT  
/dev/sda7 - Linux swap / Solaris  

Please help, thanks

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  • Please follow this link – Basharat Sialvi May 21 '12 at 1:10
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    I can't see the linux partition in the list - do you remember which partition it was? It lookls like Windows install just wiped the linux partition, so reinstalling GRUB is not really your first priority now... – Sergey May 21 '12 at 1:54
  • yes, Sergei, i think you may be right. i really f**d up this time – André Alçada Padez May 21 '12 at 12:48

Find? I thought that you had to use the live cd and then install boot-repair, as seen here. Is that what you did?

This is also relevant.

Hope that helps!

Did you perhaps had an image of your windows system in a hidden partition and recovered it from there? If that's the case, then you probably lost your ubuntu partition. Just saying cause I had the same problem and the only thing I could do is install everything from the start.

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