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kandrews112358 10-23-2012 02:33 AM

Format hard drive as NTFS
 
I'm trying to go back to Windows 7, for a few reasons. Long story short, I'm having problems.

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It's saying "Windows must be installed to a partition formatted as NTFS" ... "Partition is an unrecognized type"

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Type

Disk 0 Partition 1 227.0 GB System
Disk 0 Partition 2 5.9 GB Logical


How can I format my hard drive as NTFS, so I can go back to Windows?

Nikosis 10-23-2012 02:53 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by kandrews112358 (Post 4812801)
I'm trying to go back to Windows 7, for a few reasons. Long story short, I'm having problems.

Why don't you try dual boot Linux and Windows?

I think, windows should take care of this automatically during setup, if not use fdisk to change partition type or just delete partitions.

kandrews112358 10-23-2012 03:46 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Nikosis (Post 4812812)
if not use fdisk to change partition type or just delete partitions.


How would i go about doing that?

Nikosis 10-23-2012 04:00 AM

Did you try to delete these partitions under windows, during setup?

John VV 10-23-2012 04:03 AM

For the windows XP cd and the windows7 dvd ( and if the xp cd then PLEASE buy win7 and install a current OS )

the windows install media is NOTORIOUS for not being able to read/write to NON microsoft owned and patented filesystems
Microsoft will NOT support any free and opensource formats

so the install disks will NEVER be able to install on a NON ms formatted drive

yell at microsoft for this "bleeped"

use the Gparted live cd to format the drive to NTFS
http://gparted.sourceforge.net/

then install windows


please FORWARD your complaints to Microsoft

kandrews112358 10-23-2012 04:09 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by John VV (Post 4812862)
For the windows XP cd and the windows7 dvd ( and if the xp cd then PLEASE buy win7 and install a current OS )

the windows install media is NOTORIOUS for not being able to read/write to NON microsoft owned and patented filesystems
Microsoft will NOT support any free and opensource formats

so the install disks will NEVER be able to install on a NON ms formatted drive

yell at microsoft for this "bleeped"

use the Gparted live cd to format the drive to NTFS
http://gparted.sourceforge.net/

then install windows


please FORWARD your complaints to Microsoft

I'm installing Gparted right now, and will give this a try! :)

Also, to Nikosis, yes I tried. The button was visible, but not clickable.

kandrews112358 10-23-2012 04:19 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by kandrews112358 (Post 4812866)
I'm installing Gparted right now, and will give this a try! :)

Also, to Nikosis, yes I tried. The button was visible, but not clickable.

Installed GParted

Installed packages for GParted

Next step... create a new partition? If so, of what size?

Also, thanks for all the help so far.

John VV 10-23-2012 04:40 AM

you burn the gparted iso to a cd
hence it's name
gparted LIVE cd

if you only install it on linux
it is of no use


burn it is a cd and reformat the whole drive

Nikosis 10-23-2012 04:42 AM

Get Live Cd like Slax or any other

One it's booted up. Use command
Code:

fdisk /dev/your_disk    ----  most likely it's sda
after you're in pres "d" choose partition to delete and press "enter"
Do it again for the other one. Once it's done you can press "p" to make sure that partitions are gone.
Press "w" "enter" That's it.

allend 10-23-2012 07:08 PM

If you are happy to trash the disk for the reinstall, then blanking the MBR should work.
Code:

dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/sda bs=512 count=1

kandrews112358 10-31-2012 07:52 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by John VV (Post 4812881)
you burn the gparted iso to a cd
hence it's name
gparted LIVE cd

if you only install it on linux
it is of no use


burn it is a cd and reformat the whole drive

Worked like a charm! Thanks!


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