Hi. I have two hds, hda and hdd. *hdd* contains linux. hda used to contain windows but I've since deleted it (or as much of it as it would let me delete). Now I want to re-format this drive but first I have a number of questions. If I want to use this as a linux data drive, presumably it should be formatted as ext3; how do I do this? More importantly, if I format the drive, will it also remove the flags (if that's the right term) and hence stop the computer from booting properly? If so, how do I replace them? When I run $ parted /dev/hda print, I get
Disk geometry for /dev/hda: 0.000-4103.920 megabytes
Disk label type: msdos
Minor Start End Type Filesystem Flags
1 0.031 4097.460 primary fat32 boot, lba
Information: Don't forget to update /etc/fstab, if necessary.
Don't know if that is useful information but thought I'd include it, just in case.