First, where is your PE recovery partition? Is it on the same drive? If it is, then you won't want to delete it.
Secondly, GRUB is on the MBR, but relies on menu.lst in one of the partitions. Removing the partitions won't remove GRUB but will disable it.
Third, how did PE recovery used to boot? Was it from the disc where GRUB lives, or another one? Maybe you need to change the boot device in the BIOS.
We need a lot more info about your discs and partitions and what they contain before anyone can offer more than guesswork.
Boot from a livecd, open a terminal, su to root and run "fdisk -l" (lower case 'L') and paste the output here.
First, Windows PE (a recovery and backup program) was on partition 1, a primary partition
marked active. Everything is on a Seagate 250GB external drive. This would boot flawlessly
and perform every function flawlessly.
Second, I installed PCLinux on a logical partition. It would not boot but hung up in a GRUB
screen. I deleted the install, I repartitioned that logical drive and reformatted it to FAT32
temporarily. The Windows PE program would not boot then, said to remove media and press
any key, then it booted the C drive with XP on it. Can I replace the MBR to remove GRUB, this
Windows PE program will do that ?
Third, the Windows PE program booted from the same external drive, as was PCLinux partition
with GRUB installed on and deleted from and so forth. The GRUB is on the disk where Windows
PE is on, in the MBR according to your post, even after LINUX was deleted, everything is on the
same external hard drive here. XP is on the C drive and nothing else is there or interferring with it.
I press esc on bootup to choose boot device and that is working every time.
The install of PCLinux hung up, when deleted the WindowsPE wouldn't boot, and it sounds like
GRUB is still residing in the MBR then. Oddly, a Lili live CD booted up from an active partition
on this external drive after the above occurred. I hope Lili is easier to get rid of.
This is the first beginner's mistake I've made, everything else is working OK. I'll get the fdisk -l
info shortly to you.
Thanks for the reply,