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Old 07-30-2003, 10:13 AM   #1
skewer
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Reformatting entire dual-boot system worries


Hi again

OK, I think I want to back everything up on my XP/Mandrake 9 system. The partitioning went fine and all installations were OK, but I have a load of junk and just want to start over.

Here's the worry. Presumably I can format my ntfs partition as part of the XP installer (all *nix purists who want to start shouting at this point may as well go jump off a cliff), but I have no clue how best to remove/reinstall Mandrake. I'm concerned that by simply removing its partition I may screw up the MBR, or somehow end up with a bootloader that's looking in the wrong places for bootable OSes.

If anyone has done a similar thing please let me know, or any theoretical risk-assessments or reassurance would be greatly appreciated. I'm a 98% newbie, hence the technie uncertainty and eagerness to wash away my Linux beginnings, so go easy...

Thanks as ever,
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Old 07-30-2003, 10:52 AM   #2
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When you delete the Mandrake partition do you want to re-install it straight away in the partition?

If so - install Mandrake as normal with your 1st cd - when you come to the partitioning section simply delete the relevant mandrake partitions to create some free space - then just manually install Mandrake into the free space - you'll have the chance to re-install the bootloader to your MBR on the next few screens.
 
Old 07-30-2003, 03:31 PM   #3
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reinstalling

Thank for the tip, I was planning on downsizing the partition but that can be done anytime.

My main worry was the difficulty reinstalling XP on an NTFS partition with Mandrake on the same physical drive... That's why I was wary of *nix n@zis who might flame me for daring to dual-boot

Any ideas on that would be handy too...


Thanks again,
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Old 07-30-2003, 03:38 PM   #4
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im noob but in my past experience, even though i did little to nothing with linux(though thats changed starting yesterday), i had better experiences with first installing winxp then linux, and i dont know about mandrake but with slackware i reinstalled many times and i didn't delete the partition i simply selected to leave it partitioned as i had selected it and had it format it. But i take it thats not an option in mandrake, or maybe you overlooked it. just a thought as i dont know how the install works for mandrake

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run cfdisk to setup partitions
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in setup it asks about partitions, i choose one and say that its the root, it asks if i want to format, and if so i choose the filesystem
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thats how it goes with slackware,

Last edited by sio; 07-30-2003 at 03:41 PM.
 
Old 07-30-2003, 03:50 PM   #5
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Typically. if you install Windows after a Linux distribution the Windows bootloader will overwrite the Linux bootloader such that you will only be able to boot Windows - which is not good - if you leave Mandrake on in some form then install XP second - you could always try and use the Mandrake install cd 1 in Rescue mode to re-install LILO to the MBR - or use a Mandrake boot disk to re-install LILO to the MBR - then you could just reconfigure LILO to recognise XP - this doesnt always work though.

Personally - if you are going to re-install XP - I would just do both from scratch - ie

XP first

then

Mandrake second

Last edited by Skyline; 07-30-2003 at 03:51 PM.
 
  


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