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I have a dual boot - Windows7 and Fedora16. I deleted one of the Windows7 partition and now Fedora16 cannot boot. However using

configfile (hd0,5)/boot/grub/grub.conf

I could get back the options menu and I could boot into windows however if I boot into Fedora I get Error 17 : Cannout mount selected partition.

I was ale to run it in emergency mode by changing root(hd0,7) to root(hd0,5).then the disaster happen. In trying to save the grub config file I executed the following command which I saw on some forum

grub-mkconfig -o /boot/grub2/grub.cfg

now I cant even boot into windows. If I run

configfile (hd0,5)/boot/grub/grub.conf

I again get back the grub prompt. I have some important papers in the linux partitition which I want back.

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migrated from Sep 6 '12 at 10:03

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If you just want your documents back, then you can easily do it by booting the system from a LiveCD or LiveUSB, and then you will be able to access your important files and backup them to another removable media.

Best option is use a distro of Linux, Download it, make a Bootable CD, then restart the system with the LiveCD.

To boot from LiveCD you might need to change the BIOS boot Order. (Learn here to change it)

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You should NOT write to the failed device, as it can worsen the situation, and overwrite existant data.
Be certain that the "live" cd does not automatically mount any partition or swap space.

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