Recovering GRUB (The Easy Way)

It’s well past midnight over here so I’ll try to keep it short. I will present you a new feature of the GRUB2 Editor: recovering GRUB (from a Live CD). A new feature that hopefully many user-friendly distributions will adore because it bypasses the intimidating console when trying to recover GRUB, for example when installing Windows after your Linux distribution; an action that will erase GRUB from the MBR(=Master Boot Record) and render your Linux setup unbootable. I’ll let some screenshots do the talking:

Live CD Welcome Screen

Recover Screen

Installing(=Recovering) GRUB

Job Done!

So, firstly you are presented with two options when launching the GRUB Editor from a Live CD (screenshot #1); choosing the recovery option provides you with a list of detected partitions along with some information to help you determine where your previous installation resides (screenshot #2), picking a partition and Applying will initiate the installation process (screenshot #3) which will hopefully lead you to screenshot #4.

This post was published in hoping for feedback before making the next release (which will happen anytime soon). So any suggestions/insults are more than welcome πŸ˜€

PS: Screenshots and testing done on a Kubuntu 10.10 Maverick Meerkat Live CD.


18 thoughts on “Recovering GRUB (The Easy Way)

  1. openSUSE already includes GUI recovery utilities on the liveCD, one o which recovers GRUB

  2. This is exactly what people need. Grub failures happen and they are the most frustrating things that can happen. Users must have a way to solve the problem quickly without spending hours trying to understand how grub works or learning to use the grub shell.

    • Yep, that’s the point. It doesn’t try to handle all GRUB failures or cases which need expertise to solve; it is just a quick way to recover GRUB for the most common cases.

  3. Hi there! I stopped by and just wanted to let you know that I’m appreciating your great work!

  4. Cool. Consider hiding the “Details”-part in “sucessfully installed GRUB” if no errors were present.

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  6. Very nice. As some people pointed out, opensuse has had something like this for a long time, but it doesn’t really help you if you don’t use opensuse πŸ™‚

    In conclusion: awesome, and let’s get this onto every KDE-based livecd!

  7. You kept it a bit too short. I don’t even know what this program you’re talking about is. I installed u-lite on a USB key but it went and installed GRUB and fucked up the boot sequence on my laptop. U-lite is such a shitty obscure OS that I can’t find any info on how to fix this problem.

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