Reinstalling erased boot partition on linux

Submitted by ivica on Mon, 02.04.2012

So I killed my boot partition including grub and all Linux kernel image files... Don't ask me how, I was doing some partition management quickly and bad thing happened ;)

Here are steps how to fully recover/reinstall your boot partition (my system is Kubuntu 11.10, and my boot partition was on /dev/sda3 - not on the same place where root partition is):

  1. boot with some live CD (preferably the same one like your distro is)
  2. Be sure to create boot partition again like ext4 (or what ever you very using before for file system for boot partition). For this live cd and some of graphical gui tools should be enough.
  3. Now lets install Linux images on your boot partition
    1. chrooting into your system
      $ sudo mount /dev/sdax /mnt/myroot (where sdax is your root partition)
      $ sudo mount /dev/sday /mnt/myroot/boot (we need to mount boot because it is on another partition /dev/sday)
      $ sudo mount ‐‐bind /dev /mnt/myroot/dev
      $ sudo mount ‐‐bind /proc /mnt/myroot/proc
      $ sudo mount ‐‐bind /sys /mnt/myroot/sys

      If you do not have network in your chroot then copy resolv.conf

      $cp -L /etc/resolve.conf /mnt/gentoo/etc/resolve.conf

      and finally do chroot

      $ sudo chroot /media/xx..xx

      now when you have chroot to your old system time is to reinstall missing kernel images

      1. first thing remove initrd.img symlink from your root because it can stop apt-get install command
        $ mv initrd.img initrd.img.OLD
      2. now install Linux image that you want
        $ apt-cache search 'linux-image'
        $ apt-get install linux-image-3.0.0-17-generic

        if you got error about missing memtest86+ do this then first

        $ sudo apt-get --reinstall install memtest86+
  4. finally lets restore grub
    $ sudo grub-install /dev/sda