> > for the MBR before I can go and partition /dev/sda?
>> I would be very surprised if you could copy the MBR in this
> way. In any case, it seems to me perfectly sensible to
> partition the disk and create file-systems before doing anything else.
He could start his system once he has copied the disk using dd from a
cdrom, and mount each partition into say /mnt/mysystem - mounting each
mount point as it should be, e.g. hda1 in /mnt/mysystem and hda2
/mnt/mysystem/boot etc etc and do the following, chroot /mnt/mysystem,
this would essentially put him in a position to run lilo or grub-install
acordingly to restore the mbr, after editing lilo.conf or grub.conf...
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