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I have Linux SuSE on drive H I believe, and windows Xp pro on drive C. Windows doesn't work so I want to reformat it. Can I just reformat that partition and reinstall windows, with no harm done to linux? thanks
Using your XP installation disk follow prompts to where you are asked to select partition to install to, select C: then when prompted select whether you want NTFS or FAT32 and whether you want full or quick format.
The only partition to be formatted will be the one you selected.
Yes, when you install XP it will replace the MBR so you will need to have a boot floppy, or some other medium from which you can boot your Linux install. Once booted, reinstall the boot manager for your Linux OS.
Have no Idea what the problem is with the boot floppy, if you have a copy of MEPIS, or Knoppix, some other live distro,you can do this;
Boot into the live distro, EG: MEPIS in MEPIS open Mepis Installation Center, Install Grub Bootloader, then open boot, grub, menu.lst (Mepis temp drive) and see if Suse has been added if not add it manualy and save. Also Note what the partition definition is for Suse.
The other way is once you have booted the live distro, open the Suse / partition navigate to /boot/grub/menu.lst and ensure that the partition designation is correct. EG: hdb5 or hdb7. For grub settings, (hd0,0) this being the MBR of hda, C: drive in win speak. You will need to know this for manual config.
I do not know if Suse has a facillity for reinstalling Grub on the disk without doing a full reinstall and be aware that Knoppix uses Lilo boot loader, although it will probably add your Suse install to the menu without a problem.
To do the manual config and or install the bootloader from the live distro you will need to be root.
It is probably possible to install and use the Suse Grub Loader via command line once you have booted from live distro however this is beyond my scope at the moment.
I have the SuSE cd, i just want to know if i can use this to reinstall grub (where to install it) and what to do to make it so both windows and Linux will boot. (i am willing to reinstall Linux if that will work better.