I use a dual boot laptop with Linux OS installed on SSD (Grub2 bootloader on a separate
/boot partition) and Windows OS on HDD. All was fine up until recently, when my SSD crashed and stopped working. Completely.
It’s been a year (read full 12 months) I had my OCZ Vertex 2 SSD running, and sooner or later it had to die. It’s not a secret that with some SSDs the lifespan ends up being less than a year, depending on the quality and the usage of the drive, therefore I’m glad mine lasted for such a fair amount of time.
So, since the bootloader was gone together with SSD, all I’ve got after booting my laptop was the reasonable error message: “Operating System not found”.
Fix MBR with Windows 7 DVD
While I wait for my SSD replacement to arrive, I’m going to fix an MBR for Windows to be able to load. The procedure is as simple as below.
Insert Windows 7 DVD and boot laptop from it. Click on “Repair your computer“, pick “Command Prompt” from options.
Enter the following commands one at a time:
> bootrec /fixmbr > bootrec /fixboot
Restart the PC.