Grub is not letting me boot
I have windows xp on C: Fedora Core 6 on E:. I want to wipe out my harddisk. but when I boot from the WinXP CD, it boots and says "Setup is inspecting your hardware config" and everything goes blank. CD drive stops spinning.
I went in to winXP and started insallation of WinXP from there. after reboot it installed WinXP into D:. and probably changed the MBR.
So now I have winXP on C: WinXP on D: and FC6 on E:
but only the 2 windows show up on the dual boot. Grub does not start anymore.
I want to wipe out everything on my HDD. When I put my WinXP CD on, it boots and says "Setup is inspecting your hardware config" and everything goes blank. CD drive stops spinning just like before. What can I do. I dont want to save any information. I just want to wipe out the entire harddrive.
Its easy to wipe out all of hard drive but it is not clear if you want to go back to xp or go to fedora?
Fedora should detect your partitions and have an expert button or custom partition button so you can delete all partitions and create new ones.
wiping a drive completely is normally only necessary if you are going to sell it and in which case you can use the dd command.
I think it's best to write zeros across a drive and start from a clean slate (so to speak), I've been doing it for a couple years now on my computers and customer computers. If I don't wipe the drive, the customer has a frown in less than two months complaining it is just as slow as it was before I fixed it. If I wipe the drive first, six months down the road the customer still has a smile and is thankful. If your drive is an IDE drive and the first drive, download a Live CD and issue this command in a root terminal:
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