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Old 10-30-2001, 09:16 PM   #1
sioron
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Question can't format


after dual booting to Win98 and RH7.1, I cant reformat it back to FAT...
 
Old 10-31-2001, 12:36 AM   #2
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uuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuhhhh................

My head kinda hurts trying to find out what excactly you mean.
Could you by any chance come up with more details.
 
Old 10-31-2001, 02:52 AM   #3
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Unsure what u mean but I think you might be trying to use windows fdisk to do it. (DONT)
Try using a Linux partitioning tool.
If u try re-installing redhat 7.1 & during the installation delete the linux partition & reformat it as FAT, then exit the installation.

amp2000
 
Old 10-31-2001, 08:56 AM   #4
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Boot into Windows, and type fdisk /mbr. This will mean that you should no longer be given the option of booting Linux. Then you can try booting from the RH installation CD and use the DiskDruid program to change all the partitions back to Fat32. You should then be sorted. Quit the installation (i.e. do not attempt to install anything) and reboot. You should boot straight into Windows and you can then actually do the formatting of the partitions from within 'My Computer'.

If you have any problems with the above procedure, post here.
 
Old 10-31-2001, 09:03 AM   #5
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Cool

Hey, I got this problem ... I'm a newbie to linux and I'm not sure what all this is about. I like to know as much as I can about this. Reaching out and asking if anyone could tell me about it in a summary kind of form.. If not that's fine I'll have to figure it out but thought I'd ask first.

THANKS
 
Old 11-06-2001, 04:17 PM   #6
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Originally posted by Greeny
Hey, I got this problem ... I'm a newbie to linux and I'm not sure what all this is about. I like to know as much as I can about this. Reaching out and asking if anyone could tell me about it in a summary kind of form.. If not that's fine I'll have to figure it out but thought I'd ask first.

THANKS
Getting your system from ext2 to FAT is pretty easy. Just doing an 'fdisk /mbr' will not be enough. That is AFTER you, while at Linux console type 'cfdisk' (these are all minus the quotes of course.) In cfdisk, arrow to the linux partition and delete it, all of a sudden you have free space (before leaving cfdisk make sure to [write] this to disk. Then boot off your win9x rescue? disk and type 'fdisk /mbr' and while you are there go into fdisk and you should be able to partition the now free space to whatever size etc. you would like. Yer all set. I've had to do this so many times it no longer hurts my head. Good luck...
 
  


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