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im trying to figure out how to get Slackware off my computer, i have formatted it a few times, yet Windows willnot recognize my harddrive. ive been told that it might be a grub file left over as master boot, but i cannot find it in the partition.
im not getting rid of linux from my life, just off this one computer. (typing this in knoppix atm)
If Windows doesn't detect your harddisk, it's not because of a bootloader. If you put an install disc of Windows in, it does not use GRUB to load anything, it's loaded before GRUB. It might be something worse..
The steps to remove Linux and put Windows instead of it:
- overwrite bootloader, if you have an existing Windows install, since if you first format you'll have a non-bootable system (unless with a bootdisk). If you're installing a fresh Windows, this is not needed, as it is done anyway. With an existing Windows system, boot into the Recovery Console (XP) either from boot menu or an install disc and run fixmbr or with older Windows systems run fdisk \mbr from a command prompt.
- remove your Linux partitions. Formatting them (to Linux file systems) is not necessarily enough. You can use Linux fdisk or similar tool for this, or GParted or QtParted on a Knoppix or similar. If you intend to use the same tool to create Windows partitions, create them as FAT or NTFS; FAT is ok, Windows XP will just probably reformat them as NTFS.
That's pretty much it. Removing partitions and creating new FAT/NTFS partitions is the main thing, overwriting bootloader just enables you to use another bootloader (like that of Windows'). If you use LiLo, you might just use it with Windows as well; it's copied to the MBR so I don't know if it needs any Linux partition behind it (but I might be wrong, I haven't used it for a while). GRUB installs stuff onto your /boot partition, so if you intend to use it with Windows, don't remove your /boot. Easiest is probably to just use Windows' bootloader if you don't have other operating systems on board.
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Can you elaborate on what you mean by "Windows can't recognize my hard drive?" please? When you turn your computer on, do you get the grub bootloader screen, does it say "no system disk present" (or something to that effect), does it do nothing, or this a secondary hard drive? Have you tried going into your BIOS and checking if that recognizes your hard drive? Please answer this questions and then we will be able tobetter help you.
Do you know Win2k and XP need a Sata driver up front before the installation?
The first message, displaying at the bottom of the screen, of the installer is
Press F6 now if you have to install a SCSI disk driver....
A Sata is a SCSI disk variant.
Normally the mobo manufacturer supplies the driver in a floppy. If it is not in the mobo package you will find the floppy image in the driver CD. Pretty standard stuff but it took 12 posts to reach this conclusion..