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    Default Error: Unknown filesystem Grub Rescue> Please Help

    Story: I was trying to make more room on my dual boot hard drive. I have Backtrack 5 installed as the default and Windows 7 as well. Another partition is a Lenovo Recovery that took up 14GB. I deleted it in Disk Management and restarted my system. Now my screen shows this when I boot up:
    Error: Unknown filesystem
    Grub rescue>

    After reading around the net, I think my grub loader was corrupted. I proceeded to redownload and make an external hard drive boot Backtrack 5 from it. I went to edit the BIOS Setup so that my External Hard Drive (which has BT5 installed) boot first. Lo and behold the arrow keys do not work in the BIOS Setup. I tried connecting a USB Keyboard to my computer and still they refuse to work. Without being able to select the external hard drive to boot from, I am at a loss of options of what to do (besides erasing everything and starting over).

    End goal: Can I restore the Grub Loader so everything goes back to normal? Also, how do I get my BIOS to recognize arrow keys?
    Details:

    Computer: Lenovo ThinkPad X120e
    2GB PC3-10600 1333MHz DDR3 SDRAM
    320GB Hard Drive
    AMD Fusion E-350 Dual-Core 1.60GHz Processor
    Windows 7 Home Premium 32Bit
    (I later installed Backtrack 5 KDE as a dual-boot)

    External Hard Drive:
    Western Digital My Passport Essential 250 GB USB 2.0 Portable External Hard Drive (Midnight Black)
    I installed Backtrack 5 KDE using Unetbootin and can confirm that it works properly.

    Any help would be appreciated.

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    Default Re: Error: Unknown filesystem Grub Rescue> Please Help

    type following commands .

    step1-Grub rescue > root(hd0,0)

    if this steps work then your backtrack was installed in the first partition if not then try it with

    root(hd0,1) or root(hd0,2)

    step2-Grub rescue > initrd <"press Tab here and you will see something that is used to boot your system">

    ex initrd /vmlinuz10-30.3

    step3-Grub rescue > kernel /"<press Tab here and see the Kernel version>"

    ex kernel /kernel-2.35.29

    if all goes fine you will be able to boot your system if not then

    boot from any linux distro and try to install a new bootloader

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    Default Re: Error: Unknown filesystem Grub Rescue> Please Help

    My computer architecture has been through many changes since then. I tried various Grub rescue programs with no effective results. I opted for copying the hard drive to an external USB hard drive and wiping the Lenovo. I was able to barely install Windows XP from a flash drive. I attempted to recover the files on the external drive but gparted did a terrible job of copying. Since then I've learned a lot. 1: Always make a secure backup of any sensitive files as often as possible. 2: Don't mess with the partitions on a hard drive unless you know exactly what you're doing and can afford to lose everything on the hard drive.

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