LinuxQuestions.org
Share your knowledge at the LQ Wiki.
Go Back   LinuxQuestions.org > Forums > Linux Forums > Linux - Distributions > Fedora > Fedora - Installation
User Name
Password
Fedora - Installation This forum is for the discussion of installation issues with Fedora.

Notices

Reply
 
Search this Thread
Old 06-12-2005, 09:10 PM   #1
kendawg
LQ Newbie
 
Registered: Jun 2005
Posts: 2

Rep: Reputation: 0
Angry WHY? Removed Fedora core 2, HD erased, cannot reinstall XP


I had a dual boot setup with both Windows XP and fedora core 2 (shortly after fedora core 2 came out) with each operating system on a separate 80GB HD. I had so many problems that I dumped the dual boot. I have done a Government-level secure wipe of all data on both 80 GB drives, but I still cannot reinstall windows on either 80 GB HD. The Windows XP install begins, but when it reboots to finish the install I receive and error related to "the operating system cannot be fount."

Any suggests... other than do not reinstall XP?

--Kendawg
 
Old 06-12-2005, 09:55 PM   #2
Andrew M
LQ Newbie
 
Registered: Jun 2005
Location: Canada
Distribution: Debian
Posts: 15

Rep: Reputation: 0
I've never had the exact problem you are describing, but I suspect that the MBRs of your hard drives are not formatted.

You'll have to do:

Code:
fdisk /mbr
And then format the master boot record (MBR) possibly using the Windows XP CD (which likely has fdisk) or a Live CD.

This is just a hunch but it may work.

Hope it helps!
 
Old 06-12-2005, 11:54 PM   #3
kendawg
LQ Newbie
 
Registered: Jun 2005
Posts: 2

Original Poster
Rep: Reputation: 0
Tried the fdisk no luck

Thank you for the information. I have tried the fdisk, but it does not seem to help. I have read a few posts that discuss a glitch in the installer for Fedora Core 2 that "re-writes the tables for the HD?" or something to that effect. What ever installing FD2 did to the HD... it did a good job of it. Nothing I have tried seems to work.
 
Old 06-13-2005, 07:53 PM   #4
WhatsHisName
Senior Member
 
Registered: Oct 2003
Location: /earth/usa/nj (UTC-5)
Distribution: RHL9;F1-10; CentOS4-5; DebianSarge-Squeeze
Posts: 1,151

Rep: Reputation: 46
kendawg: Boot into linux rescue and use linux fdisk to delete all partitions on both disks.

1) Boot using either the 1st FC2 CD (“boot: linux rescue”) or the FC2 Rescue CD. When it asks about searching for linux installations, select “skip”.

2) From the command prompt, run:

fdisk -l

to see if any partitions are present on either drive and to see the device names for the drives.

3) If partitions are present, run:

fdisk /dev/hda (or possibly fdisk /dev/sda)

using the device names listed by fdisk -l

3) From the fdisk command prompt, use the “p” and “d” commands to print/list and delete the partitions. When all are deleted, enter “w” to write the final setup. “q” quits without finalizing the setup.

4) Repeat this for the second drive (/dev/hdb or /dev/sda).

I had to do this a long time ago to clean up the geometry mess left by FC2 on a couple of drives. FC2 by itself ran fine, but when used in a windows dual-boot setup, it tended to be a partition nightmare. FC3 does not have the same problem.
 
  


Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
trying to reinstall fedora 3 over an existing fedora 3 installation mitra Fedora - Installation 4 09-22-2005 09:58 AM
Files removed from file system during Fedora Core Upgrade gryphonavocatio Linux - General 5 09-21-2005 01:27 PM
Fedora boot loader removed by WinXP cucolin@ Fedora 5 05-03-2004 12:19 AM
Messed up when installing linux, erased win Me...Need to reinstall is it possible?re wolfyheart Linux - Newbie 6 10-23-2001 12:23 PM
Messed up when installing linux, erased win Me...Need to reinstall is it possible?re wolfyheart Linux - General 4 10-20-2001 01:59 PM


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 03:33 PM.

Main Menu
My LQ
Write for LQ
LinuxQuestions.org is looking for people interested in writing Editorials, Articles, Reviews, and more. If you'd like to contribute content, let us know.
Main Menu
Syndicate
RSS1  Latest Threads
RSS1  LQ News
Twitter: @linuxquestions
identi.ca: @linuxquestions
Facebook: linuxquestions Google+: linuxquestions
Open Source Consulting | Domain Registration