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i want to delete linux partitions. I go into fdisk. I try delete extended drive. It says there are optical drives i need to delete. I go to optical drives AND THERES NOTHING THERE. How do i delete those partitions? help me plz!
Not exactly sure but the dos fdisk probably is unable to properly recognise linux extended partitions.
If you're gonna install win2k/xp, during installation you'll be given a chance to partition your drive, you can then delete the partitions. Otherwise try booting with a floppy/cdrom based distro(tomsrtbt, knoppix etc) and use the linux fdisk/cfdisk/etc, or find a better dos partitioning tool.
this is a common prob: fdisk tells you the extended drive canīt be deleted while logical drives exist on it. as a second step, you try to erase the logical drives--but you canīt cause dos doesnīt recognize them.
the solution is as easy as fdisk can be useful: create logical drives on it and erase them afterwards! this should force fdisk to erase all possible things on that darn non-dos partition, afterwards you can delete the extended partition itself.
iīm not quite sure if this is right to 100%, but i am relatively sure as i had to di this a few days ago. let me tell you: it works! if this hasnīt been helpful, tell us here.