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Fedora 5 is running on my Dell Inspiron 1300 laptop. I need to put WinXP back and dont care if I reformat the entire HDD. I burnt GParted image to a CD using another computer, intending to reformat my laptop's entire HDD to a single NTFS partition. My laptop BIOS setup to look at the CD drive first. The CD drive spins but the HDD ends up rebooting Fedora from the HDD. How do I reformat my HDD to NTFS, so I can then let it read the XP installation CD's?
Windows XP installation program has a problem formating a HD which has only linux on it. It may be due to the data structure of ext3 or something that linux use that makes the HD unformattable for windows. U need to do a low level format using bootable Disk Utility Program. U may want to use the the Disk Utility Program from the HD manufacturer from thier website or u can use a progam like Active Kill Disk from http://www.killdisk.com/.
Nah, if the 1300 is anything like the Inspiron 1100, you have to hit a pf key even if the CD is listed first in the BIOS.
In my case pf12 - check the splash screen on boot. Then you can select the CD as the boot device; the gparted disk should be fine for doing the work.
Yes, it was '/dev/hda1' and the command was accepted. It gave a message about "..510 in" followed by "...510 out", I should have written it down but it did seem to work.
I put the XP Reinstallation CD in the CD Drive, did a shutdown, then turned it back on. F12 made sure it looked at the CD, which whirred for a few seconds, then the screen just went black, no cursor visible. I waited 15 minutes in case it was doing something. Stoll no sign of life.
p.s. I took the CD out and it still boots Fedora ok.
If we can fix one thing here, it may get you out of the woods. You say that you are able to boot the XP install disks, but not the others---eg GParted. This may mean that something is wrong with how you are making these CDs. Look at one in you desktop and make sure it has many files and not just the one .iso file. Also, try to boot your desktop or any other computer with the CD(s)
Does the laptop have a floppy? If so, you can also get DBAN and put it on a floppy and boot the laptop from that. DBAN is at Sourceforge.