crosenblum wrote:Well that apparently worked....Thank you so much.
Glad it works for you.
Lol i am afraid to reboot in case this problem re-occurs.
Leave it running forever if you do not mind the utility.
But for me I shutdown each time I do not use computer.
So, what kind of precautions can i take to prevent problems or to make sure i have really good backups?
Not sure also
Because over two years, three of my hard disks ( one in 6-yr old laptop, one in 5-yr old desktop, one oop!! 1 week old seagate usb drive) suddenly stop working..
So I followed aged-old method of always running OS as OS and keep data in data partition , back up data in external hard disk.
as far as boot loader, even thou I read many people back up in floppy disk and usb disk, seriously, for so many multiboot comps I have never backup any boot loader
that is because I spent some time learning how to repair MBR, repair boot loader so the tools I used are already covered in earlier posts
1. on WinXP/7 I have cd , those without CD must have recovery cd (to repair boot manager and MBR)
2. on linux, learn those command ( in earlier post) for grub2. and know where the grub2 documentation.
3. have some recovery disk handy : RIPLinux is what I used to boot (win,Linux os) in any partition, any drive, when os become unbootable.. however I used it in Live CD, not yet tried its usb stick.
in fact any Linux OS CD can be used to repair/reinstall grub, as long as you know which grub version was used in the unbootable OS partition, you need the same version to repair.