I would expect that any Linux Live CD will have dd
available since it is a fundamental part of the operating system. I guess if I were really paranoid about it I'd use dd from a shell (think of it as an msdos prompt) while runnning the live cd and back up the MBR before installing Linux. If all is well (and your still paranoid) you could always back it up again.dd
is the only program you would need.
Perhaps this will help - learn the dd command
Food for thought, since you are new to Linux. You need to adjust your thinking a little with Linux when coming from a windows environment. Linux is an operating system that is comprised of thousands of applications that are built upon hundreds of other "smaller" applications that perform very fundamental and simplistic tasks. dd
is one of those fundamental applications that doesn't do a whole lot, but it is an extremely powerful tool at the same time.
fdisk /mbr from doze (recovery console I'd guess) should straighten out a hosed MBR also, as well as making the linux boot manager go away. Not to overcomplicate things but, keep in mind that any non-dos partition types are inaccessible from within doze and unless you make them accessible first by setting them to a dos type they will disappear on you, if you simply restore the MBR.
Edited by I.hate.doze, 16 August 2010 - 11:36 PM.