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Old 04-05-2005, 02:02 PM   #1
Dunga Bee
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Laptop Dual Boot - Removing Fedora


I currently have a Dell Inspiron 5150 with a 40 GB HDD with Fedora 3 and XP loaded for dual boot.

My partitions currently look like this:

10 GB - Windows XP and Program Files
10 GB - Fedora 3
20 GB - Data

I should be the recipient of MS Virtual PC very soon and would like to use that as a means of working with Fedora as I learn more about Linux. I have to usually spend my days in XP because of some business software I use so I thought Virtual PC may be the ticket.

So, I'd like to wipe out Fedora 3, remove GRUB, and return that 10GB of space to my other NTFS partitions. I'd like my final disk layout to look something like this:

15 GB - XP and Programs
25 GB - Data

or even

20 GB - XP and Programs
20 GB - Data.

I am hoping some folks here can offer some guidance in this process so I hopefully do not mangle my partition tables or master boot record.

I've looked at the Linux SystemRescueCD for a free partition editor to work on my NTFS partitions.

I was thinking my plan would be:

1. Wipe out and reformat the 10 GB partition Fedora currently sits on. It would now be an NTFS partition.

2. Use the SystemRescueCD to distribute this 10 GB NTFS partition in to my existing other partitions C:, D: (Can it do that?)

3. Use the recovery console in XP to do 'fixmbr' to wipe out GRUB and put the XP boot manager in there.

4. Load virtual PC on the laptop and then Fedora 3 from there (How does Virtual PC work with Fedora and work in general?).

Sorry for the long post, but hopefully I've been clear about my situation and possible solution so others can offer advice.

Thanks all.
 
Old 04-05-2005, 06:34 PM   #2
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You should easily be able to do it. The best way to do it would be use something like Partition Magic to delete the partitions you don't want, and / or resize the partitions as you wish.

Then boot off a DOS boot disk and run fdisk /mbr that will overwrite the grub mbr.

I've done it a few times before.


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