Is there a clone of the windows recovery console for windows xp because I no longer have the disc to restore the MBR. I also need to be able to run this off a flash drive because my dvd reader is broken.
ok I see you didn't install the recovery console locally then! or store the ISO.
There is the windows xp 6 file disk set http://support.microsoft.com/kb/310994
so-called "Windows XP Setup disks"
It can get you to a recovery console.
You could also try a Windows 98 boot disk. Downloadable.. FDISK /MBR that might do it.
Maybe there are some more modern better ways and then that'd probably be a better answer.
You can do it with Linux. Either boot a USB stick; or if Linux is already installed, you can rewrite the MBR as a "final act", which will make it inaccessible (until you reinstall Linux).
First you have to identify the disk. In the Terminal:
to list the partitions. The disk will probably be either