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Old 11-13-2004, 09:47 AM   #1
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formating hard drive


hmm....kinda noob, but i need to format the hard drive and dont know how??

keep in mind, also, i dont have the linux discs (dont know if i need them or not)

and i am running mandrake 10

thanks
 
Old 11-13-2004, 09:52 AM   #2
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You can use mkfs to format a partition in almost any format you want.
 
Old 11-13-2004, 09:56 AM   #3
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umm, sorry but, what are mkfs?
 
Old 11-13-2004, 10:17 AM   #4
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mkfs=MaKe FileSystem:
man mkfs
 
Old 11-13-2004, 10:52 AM   #5
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so how do i remove a partition with mkfs?
 
Old 11-13-2004, 12:38 PM   #6
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You don't. If you want to modify your partition table you will need to use fdisk or cfdisk which is a bit easier.
 
Old 11-13-2004, 12:47 PM   #7
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This entry in the LQwiki might help a bit.
 
Old 11-13-2004, 03:41 PM   #8
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ok, actually that did help a lot.
but if i just want to completley remove all operating systems from my computer how do i go abuot doin so??

ps. thanks a lot for helping
 
Old 11-13-2004, 03:51 PM   #9
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Boot with a boot disk of some sort and remove all partitions with fdisk.

Note that the information could still be recovered so you might want to write random data to the hard drive if you are wanting it to be secure,
 
Old 11-13-2004, 03:56 PM   #10
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Is this on the same drive that you are running Mandrake or another drive?

Is your question how to delete existing parititions? You can use the fdisk command.
 
  


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