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[SOLVED] How to boot up/ unHibernate Windows? GRUB gone

Posted: Sat Aug 26, 2017 4:03 pm
by jaderiver
I've always dual booted. During Mint reinstallation (Sonya 18.2) the process froze with the message that my /windows partition "had an error". (Windows is loader... but, overall ATA drive is boot installer. Am I thinking about this accurately? ). Anyway... Ugh! I forgot I had hibernated Windows the night before. :oops:

I quit installation to restart computer to Shut Down Windows. But, GRUB is now wiped out...can't get to Windows. Now Mint will not install even if I ask it to ignore /windows partition. Messages keep advising to restart windows to do clean Shut Down. But how?

Does anyone know how to boot up Windows without Grub, through BIOS perhaps... OR?

Thanks very much.

(P.S. Live CD still works although will not mount /windows partition... advises same.)

Re: How to boot up/ unHibernate Windows? GRUB gone

Posted: Sat Aug 26, 2017 5:44 pm
by austin.texas
To fix a hibernated Windows (ntfs) partition:
Boot your live Mint DVD or USB.
Open a terminal: Ctrl+Alt+t

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sudo mkdir /mnt/win
Discover the device designation for the Windows "C" drive.

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lsblk -f
Here I put "/dev/sda2" as an example:

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sudo mount -t ntfs-3g -o remove_hiberfile /dev/sda2 /mnt/win

Re: How to boot up/ unHibernate Windows? GRUB gone

Posted: Sat Aug 26, 2017 7:17 pm
by jaderiver
austin.texas:

Used your commands, then reply in terminal:

mount: can't find /dev/sda2/mnt/win in etc/stab

What now?

Thank you for your time and attention.

PS Yes my windows partition is on sda2 and formatted in NTSF.

Re: How to boot up/ unHibernate Windows? GRUB gone

Posted: Sat Aug 26, 2017 7:19 pm
by catweazel
[quote="jaderiver"]austin.texas:

Used your commands, then reply in terminal:

mount: can't find /dev/sda2/mnt/win in etc/stab

What now?/quote]
You typed this:

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/dev/sda2/mnt/win
instead of this:

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/dev/sda2 /mnt/win

Posted: Sat Aug 26, 2017 8:33 pm
by jaderiver
...trying to delete redundant post...

Re: How to boot up/ unHibernate Windows? GRUB gone

Posted: Sat Aug 26, 2017 8:42 pm
by jaderiver
@austin.texas @catweazel

Yes yes yes thankyou thankyou thankyou. Your terminal command worked, and I have now reinstalled Mint dual booting with Windows :D Linux is great. Mint is lovely. Life is beautiful.

Before you responded with the command to de-hibernate from the Live CD terminal, I was IRC/Hexchatting and folks there could not understand why I would even acknowledge Windows during an installation and thought that by giving Windows the mount point "/windows", the installation would be in trouble from the get-go. But I have always designated Windows as such... and it is the "loader"... although I specify "Do Not Format". It seems to me we have to designate Windows as such for GRUB to recognize... no? The installer is the overall ATA drive.

Tried to use Windows System Repair Disk to "fix" WIN MBR, but kept getting the following on black:

error: file '/grub/i386-pc /normal.mod' not found
Entering rescue mode
grub rescue>

Same message resulted from other methods. Started looking into grub-2 and system repair tools.

But now I can stop taking time to research, thank you.