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Is there a way to get rid of it without actually erasing the partition? Will the fdisk /mbr get rid of it without hurting the partition in any way?
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Re: Master boot record

fdisk /mbr just recreates/rewrites the MBR IIRC, not remove it.
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Re: Master boot record

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fdisk /mbr just recreates/rewrites the MBR IIRC, not remove it.
Can I get a second opinion just to be sure? I really don't wanna lose 100+ gigs of data
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Re: Master boot record

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Can I get a second opinion just to be sure? I really don't wanna lose 100+ gigs of data
You should be able to "fix" the MBR without any danger to your data; although I'm a few years removed from "feet on the street" desktop support, I remember that about a year ago, some of our guys were running fdisk with a switch to fix the MBR (I think it was '/fixmbr'?) - you should look into that. (I think they had to boot with a Win2K CD to get the version of FDISK that had the fixmbr switch.)

Obviously, I'm real short on details, but I think this info could get you on the right path. In any case, I guess you should look for a third opinion...
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Re: Master boot record

Maybe if I provide more details. I want to remove the MBR 'cuz I strictly use the drives for data storage. I have a striped RAID configured on my desktop, and everytime I pop one of these storage drives in(hooked up to the primary/secondary IDE controllers) it reads the MBR off the storage drives instead of the RAID making it impossible for me to boot into my OS. It's a real PITA
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Re: Master boot record

boot with win2k CD, repair install, enter recovery console and run "fixboot /?"...I think, should give you the options for the mbr repair console (and I think one of them is clear it or somethin?)

Been awhile since I broke anything that bad, what did you do?
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Re: Master boot record

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Been awhile since I broke anything that bad, what did you do?
Didn't break anything. These hard drives used to house different OS's, and instead of getting rid of the MBR when I formatted them for data storage, I didn't because they didn't interfere with anything. Since then I've built a different computer, and now it keeps wanting to read the MBR off these storage drives. All I want to do is get rid of the MBR, will the repair do this, or just recreate it?

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EDIT2: Nevermind, just saw it in the other thread. back, things haven't been the same. Except for Pete, he's still a dick

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