Here's the situation and hopefully, someone can help..
A friend mentioned to me that she was planning on having a relative install Ubuntu and I recommended that she add another hard drive, install Ubuntu "stand alone" on the new drive, leaving the her Windows 7 drive untouched.
Knowing that she wasn't the techy type, I figured that would be the best approach and she could boot to either OS using the BIOS boot menu (F12) on the Dell.
Well, her relative just installed Ubuntu on the new drive using the default settings and it overwrote the MBR on the Windows 7 drive, so it now boots directly to Ubuntu, unless she catches it, arrows down and selects to boot to Windows.
After a couple of days she hit a major Ubuntu error and hasn't been able to get back into Ubuntu since (She can get to Win 7 OK). None of the solutions we found for the Ubuntu error has worked and now she wants to go with Fedora 16.
So here's the million dollar question. Can I simply install Fedora 16, replacing Ubuntu on the new drive and overwriting the MBR/Grub that's on the Windows 7 drive?
Does anyone see a problem with this? I fear that since her Desktop is a Dell and it has a hidden partition @ sda1 and Ubuntu's Grub install is already there , there might be problems.
I really don't want to mess things up worse and lock her out of Windows 7 too. I did have her create a Windows 7 repair disk just in case, but I don't have a lot of confidence that the repair disk she created will even restore the Windows 7 MBR, if something goes wrong.
What do you all think?
Any suggestions on how to proceed?