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Old 03-02-2004, 08:09 PM   #1
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Help reformatting Linux drive...


Hello, I have 2 HDD. One has WinXP and the other has RH9. I want to reformat the RH9 drive so I can use it in windows. What do I use/do to reformat the drive? I have to boot RH9 with a floppy, and from there I normally use the RH GUI. Can I use a command from the Terminal? Do I have to be in root? When I login to the GUI as root, the terminal lists me as root and my ip address. Any help is appreciated!
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Chris
 
Old 03-02-2004, 08:33 PM   #2
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To convert a partition to Windows, you need to delete it and recreate it with fdisk, then format it. Run 'fdisk' or 'cfdisk' as root, delete the Linu partition, and create a Windows one (it is type 0c for FAT32). To format in FAT32, use 'mkdosfs -F 32' on the partition. If this is the partition RH is on, it can't delete it because it needs it to run. If this is the case, you will need a Linux bootdisk to do the job, or use Windows.
In Windows : Control Panel >> Computer Management >> Disk Management. From there you can delete the Linux partitions and create Windows ones. Then you can format the partition.
 
Old 03-02-2004, 08:46 PM   #3
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just to extend that reply - perhaps you could use the RH9 install CD to do the job if you don't have a bootdisk or a bootable CD like knoppix lying around (or even gentoo or something).
you could prob find a nice small CD image (~40Mb) of a linux distro that you can burn to do just this thing for you...

the number of times I have used linux to undo disk stuffups caused by *windows* is amazing.

*and* it's one thing for windows to not recognise non MS partitions, but quite another that they won't even recognise other MS formats! I somehow managed to get win2k to partition a disk with ntfs which it tehn wouldn't recognise and couldn't do a thing with. linux to the rescue. </rant>
 
Old 03-02-2004, 09:20 PM   #4
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In Windows : Control Panel >> Computer Management >> Disk Management. From there you can delete the Linux partitions and create Windows ones. Then you can format the partition.

This did it, but it wasn't in the above location. Thanks for the help!
 
Old 03-03-2004, 11:57 AM   #5
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Checked right now. For Win2k:
Control Panel >> Administrative Tools >> Computer Management >> Disk Management
 
  


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