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Old 08-11-2003, 12:40 PM   #1
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MS-DOS: "Unable to write BOOT"

I tried searching for this problem and didn't find anything, so bear with me if it's come up before.

I recently installed Linux on one of my hard drives, but now want to return it to a Windows hard drive. I used MS-DOS's FDISK to delete the Linux partitions and make a new DOS partition. When I formatted the drive, it sucessfully formatted it but then came up with the error message:

"Unable to write BOOT"

Does anyone know how to fix this? Should I use a Linux-native FDISK program?
Old 08-11-2003, 12:49 PM   #2
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Try reinstalling the mbr - on win 9x:
fdisk /mbr
Old 08-11-2003, 01:34 PM   #3
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Originally posted by david_ross
Try reinstalling the mbr - on win 9x:
fdisk /mbr
Still get the error.
Old 08-11-2003, 02:25 PM   #4
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When you rewrite the partition table of a disk, and a mounted partition is affected, you get this error (probably even in DOS). Try using a Linux bootdisk to change the partitions, and format them in DOS.


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