Thanks for the quick reply
Unfortunately the fdisk -1 wasn't recognised as a command. I've checked the DSL site and they recommend using the livecd to format the hard drive but it's not a windows executable.
At the moment I'm booting to a livecd and trying to format from the cd. As far as i know it uses a ramdisk as opposed to my physical hd so maybe the hard drive isn't directly accessible?
I think the easiest solution would be a bootable GUI formatter like partitionmagic but I don't know of any that include ext2/ext3.
Any further help would be greatly appreciated.DSL doesn't recognise my NIC(broadcom suck) so it may take my replies some time as I'm booting back and forth