Originally Posted by antiloaded
Take the time to learn linux' own partitioning programs cfdisk & fdisk, and use one of those to format your harddrive.
Example using fdisk:
Type this to see your current partition(s)
p <hit enter>
To delete a partition:
d <hit enter>
X the number of the partition you want to delete. Then hit enter.
To exit and save the new partitiontable type:
I have done all of that so far and through all of the options, I haven't been able to delete this one 250MB EXT DOS partition. I can't use FDISK or CFDISK while running Linux and yes, this is from a LiveCD, Knoppix 4.0.2. I believe is the correct version of the distro, not sure as it's in the drive right now.
A very, very strange thing is that Ubuntu tries to keep going on with it's failed install without anything in the drive at all, but it just hangs at "preparing packages for installation" or something like that.
The only way I've been able to FDISK anything at all, even if it's failed, is by booting from a Win98SE install CD. It just keeps showing that one undeleteable partition. When I FDISK /MBR, it shows a couple of blank lines and then a command prompt again. I don't know if anything has been done or not though.
How can I FDISK my slave drive? That is where Ubuntu is currently, in it's failed attempt stage, and it was my primary/master drive at the time. It's since been swapped to try an install on the other drive.
BTW, the drives are as follows, current configuration:
Primary/Master: Seagate ST36421A, IDE, 6.4GB (not 8 as previously thought and mentioned)
Secondary/Slave: Maxtor 2B020H1, EIDE, 20GB
This really has me baffled. While I'm a Linux newbie, I've had a computer for around 20 years throughout my life. I've taken computer courses in high school and even started with a computer engineering degree (hardware emphasis), switching to MIS.
I'm not scared to go into a computer for any reason and have found that it's truly very difficult, if not impossible, to make a system where it's unusable. Don't let that hold you back from any suggestions or ideas you might have in regards to this. I just can't figure out what's going on with the drives/system right now.
Is there still a utility disc program that will write all 0's to a drive? I haven't seen one as of yet, but remember there was one available by each manufacturer. Even if it is, how could I use it from a LiveCD?
Thanks again for the replies and help. Hopefully it will all be straightened out soon enough. If not, I guess I'll just break down and get a new HD and go from there.