I was playing around with a Livelinux CD and trying to implement a casper-rw savefile on a USB. This has wiped my XP Home Edition and bootloader clean. I am still using my LinuxMint install and not to concerned about recovering XP. Also, before I realized that the bootloader was missing I reformatted the Windows partition. I was just going to carry on with Linux, but now this is affecting what I can install on laptop. I'm guessing that I will not be able to recover anything. I was advised to make a recovery cd with: http://www.disk-partition.com/download-home.htm
l don't have a Windows pc to make a recovery cd right now, but if someone thinks it will help I will find a way.
The one thing I am not sure about? Do I even need the bootloader?
And, could I just get a Linux bootloader to replace the XP bootloader.
It seems to be interfering with running some Linux OS's from my Optical drive. Would also like to understand a little more about it, for instance: I still have the BIOS, but not the bootloader? Does the BIOS come with the laptop and the Bootloader comes with the Windows OS? Or is the BIOS just loaded to a different piece of hardware than the OS, so it was not wiped?
I also want to restructure my HDD with a couple of Linux OS's until I can afford to get another XP install disc. And explore some more OS's from the Optical Drive.
One of two things caused this, I did both so don't know which is the culprit:
1. I made a mistake during Linux bootup and typed in "casper-rw" instead of "persistence". Or
2. I have two USB's that are of very similar color, and had the wrong one in during bootup when trying out this casper-rw savefile. When I saw my error I shut-down and tried with the right one.
Thanks pcpunk, happy holidays
Edited by pcpunk, 24 December 2014 - 11:44 AM.