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The hard drive space numbers on the zt1185 aren't adding up, so I'm thinking there is an HPA of about 5GB hidden on the drive. DBAN says it won't access or erase an HPA, so is there a free program that will do so?
I want to thank you again for all the info and helpful suggestions. Started back in this morning and WaryPuppy 5.5 booted right up and installed no problem... Sort of.
It's asking me to find the menu.lst file which should be in /boot, but is not. Should I create the file inside the directory that's supposed to contain it with the text I'm supposed to save? Created and saved the little text file in /boot, now running into issue described below.
Still a question; although I saved the file where and under the name it's supposed to be, the system won't boot from the hard drive...
No real rush, the drive has been reformatted and it's all over but the minor details at this point...
Or not. Puppy won't boot from the hard drive, I'm still getting an HP logo and an invalid boot sector error. Soooo, there's still a hidden portion of the drive that wasn't erased and is trying to find Windows.
It's asking me to find the menu.lst file which should be in /boot, but is not
It should be in the /boot/grub directory. Not sure if that's what you mean and just indicated /boot directory? If you installed Puppy, I would expect it to have created the menu.lst in the appropriate place.
I don't use Puppy and haven't installed it for several years. As I remember it, the Grub installation process is very convoluted and has more steps than other distributions. Maybe they've change it?
I'm not sure about the rest of your last post. Are you able to actually boot Puppy on the hard drive? Seems not from your previous post. Are you using a CD/DVD with Puppy? You should be able to delete and/or format any partition. If you are trying to unmount a partition which you are booted to, you would expect the "busy" message.
Do you still have windows on one of the partitions?