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Old 12-07-2003, 07:16 AM   #1
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removing dual boot?


Hi.

I have a PC with two hdds - the first has Windows XP on it the second had red hat.

It used GRUB to dual boot.

I now need to get rid of linux from the second hdd - but I'm guessing that's where GRUB is too so I'm worried if I reformat the second hdd I won't be able to get to the C: drive (to run windows).

Is this correct? What should I do?

Thanks

Simon
 
Old 12-07-2003, 07:24 AM   #2
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No - If you remove GRUB Windows will still boot as it is bootable anyway. If GRUB is on the second drive, you will need to set your system to boot from the first.
 
Old 12-07-2003, 07:27 AM   #3
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The bios is set to boot from the first hdd anyway - grub must have put something on the first drive??



Simon

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Old 12-07-2003, 07:36 AM   #4
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Yep - easy way to do it is to boot from a DOS disk and at the prompt type in fdisk /mbr. You will then need to manually fdisk your Linux HDD.
 
Old 12-07-2003, 09:11 AM   #5
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Thanks XavierP.

I'm having some problems with the drive I'm left with that had red hat on - I keep getting

"Unable to Delete a Partition or Logical DOS Drive Using the Fdisk Utility
"

http://support.microsoft.com/default...NoWebContent=1

says:

This behavior can also occur if the partition has been created with a third-party operating system such as BeOS or versions of UNIX.

RESOLUTION

To remove the partition, you should use the partition utility included with the third-party operating system that is installed on your computer. You can also contact the third-party vendor's technical support department.

But how the hell do I do this?

Are there any utils out there that will clean this hdd up?

Thanks anyone

Simon
 
Old 12-07-2003, 09:23 AM   #6
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If you are planning to simply overwrite the Linux install, the install program should do it for you. Can't help otherwise, sorry. I partition with Partition Magic or simply overwrite.
 
  


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