I'm trying to completely remove UBuntu from my Asus Eee PC 1015PEM because I'm giving it to a relative. I thought it would be as simple as deleting the partition it was stored on using Windows Disk Management, but I was wrong.

Now whenever I try to boot I get "error: no such partition" and on the next line it says "grub rescue:"

I've googled and looked everywhere but all solutions involve using the Windows installation disk, however, this Eee PC (netbook) doesn't have a CD drive, and that is therefore not an option.

I have a USB with the Windows 7 installation iso "burned" to it, I just have no idea how to boot into it. Any help is appreciated.


Windows isn't good at recognising other OS's. If it isn't working, blank the disk off completely with sudo cat /dev/zero >/dev/sda from a Ubuntu USB; let it run for a few seconds, to overwrite the boot sectors, then quit with -c.

Windows will then see an unpartitioned blank drive & should run. If not, it's likely to be a problem with your Windows USB - does it work elsewhere?

  • EDIT: I created a Ubuntu Live USB, plugged into the netbook, and turned it on. Still won't boot from it. Just sits there with the grub rescue and the error. I'm going to create a Ubuntu live USB right now, and go from there. Hopefully this works. Will post back when done. Thanks for the response! – igemakr Mar 12 '15 at 9:32

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