|Further to this sad story: |
Was not able to overwrite and get rid of GRUB in the way specified.The reason is not clear to me in spite of trying not only 'fixmbr' but also - when that failed - fixboot followed by fixmbr on the drive. Both commands confirmed that they had done the job.
The setup was the HDD from the notebook mounted in an external cabinet with USB connection to another XP machine (here called 'host'). When booted from the DVD the host sees the notebook HDD as drive e: and its own system as drive c:. Recovery console asks for logon to one of two systems it can see and we specified the notebook HDD as the logon target. From the resulting command prompt, which is preceded by e: in this case, the fixmbr (and the fixboot) confirm the successful process. fixmbr even gives a warning that the target has a non standard setup and then confirms the succesful action after a yes answer to continue.
Next step will be to borrow a separate external DVD drive and use the recovery console directly on the notebook.
However, one outstanding doubt still remains: I never actually specified any parameter to fixmbr but merely did the logon to the correct system (appearing as #1 in the list of the two systems available) followed by the fixmbr after the logon.
I hope you guys are not out of bright ideas yet. Your advice is really appreciated!
Q1: Is it possible that the setup with the notebokk HDD as drive e: is reflected in the new boot sector (and hence will not work when the same HDD is c: in the notebook?
Q2: Should I add any parameter to fixmbr and - if so - how do I figure out what to write?
Hope somebody can assist.