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Hi all. My husband is taking a Linux class and got a linux disk in his book.
I have Windows XP on my C drive and I placed Linux on my D drive.
Everything installed perfectly.
I wanted to remove linux from my D drive so that I could place it on my C drive and dual boot.
However, I have taken out one of the linux partitions on the D drive......the main partition with linux is still there.....I am typing from the D drive now. So linux is still operational.
However, when I place the linux disk in the CD-ROM drive it does not read the disk.....it boots normal. A volume icon has been placed on the desktop and the word "Heidelberg" appears beside it.
I cannot delete this icon because it says that it is a volume icon. I do NOT know how to get linux off my D drive and I am almost in tears......Do I need to buy a whole new drive?
No, you do not have to buy a whole new drive at all.
Go into your Bios and set your first boot device to your cd rom drive instead of your hardrive. (that way it boots from the cd first), it should give you the option of reformating your drive in the installation.
Well, "Heidelberg" tells me that you are attempting to install Fedora Core 3; is that correct?
If so, then during the install, when asked about were to what kind of install you would like (desktop, server, custom, workstation) chose custom. After that you should be asked how you would like to partition your system. If you choose automatic, there should be an option to remove all linux partitions. I, personally, would feel more comfortable going with the 'Manually Partition with Disk Druid" method instead of automatic and remove the partitions myself. To do that, you must know which partitions are which though, lest you end up installing Windows again.
Hope this helps.
Hi volvogga, agryan, and all,
I did indeed install Fedora Core 3.
I went back and tried to do as you said.
1.) I rebooted from Cd-rom
2.) I chose Custom.....and used Disk Druid to manually partition
3.) I clicked on /dev/hda and deleted /dev/hda1......I then deleted VolumeGroup00......and then it let me delete /dev/hda2
4.) I restarted the computer in XP (from the C drive.........linux is on the D drive)
5.) I tried to reformat the D drive from XP's command prompt......It was a no go
6.) I tried restarting the computer from the D drive.......with the Windows disk in the drive....it was a no go
7.) The D drive still loads Fedora Core 3......
What do I need to do?
Once again, Thank you for your help......I will get there I promise
A few questions for you....
What do the partitions look like on each disk (including total disk size, partition sizes, and free space if you have it)?
What errors did you get when you tried to format?
If you got into disk druid and removed the partitons in question, then why didn't you create the new ones that you need right then and there and continue with the install?
What do you want your partitions to look like when you are done (what OS each partition will have and if you will have a general data partition (remember that to have Windows and Linux be able to write to the same data partition, it must be FAT32))?
I'm afraid I do not see exactly what you are attempting to do, so I need a bit more info. Sorry.
1.) I booted the computer from the C Drive (my xp drive)
2.) When I tried to reformat the D drive from the cmd prompt in XP I kept getting the error,
"Error in IOCTL call"
3.) I then rebooted the computer using the cd-rom with the Linux cd
4.) My drives were:
/dev/hda size: 38167
/dev/hdb size: 78160
5.) I went through the setup and got to where I could delete all the partitions but it wouldn't
save the changes. It also would not let me create a Fat32 partition. It kept saying that I had
to create a mount a linux file system such as /boot or /root etc. I was not able to use vfat
and / as an option.
6.) I then restarted the computer using removable drives first and the cd-rom as second....
7.) I used fdisk and it gave me the option to show all fixed drives.
In this option I was able to see that my C drive (12624 MB) was listed as #1 and my D
drive (38162MB) was listed as #2.
8.) I was able to delete the Non-dos partitions on #2, setup a logical dos partition and format
The D drive is formatted, but still is without an O/S for the moment.
My ultimate goal is to place linux on the C drive......the xp drive......by using the free software offered on the gnu website called gnu parted to place linux on the free space of that drive.
Is this possible?
Thank you so much,
Sorry it took so long to write back but I documented every step I took