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Currently, I have both Ubuntu and Windows XP dual-booted on my computer. I want to remove Ubuntu and put openSUSE instead. However, I am afraid that using PartitionMagic to delete all the non-Windows partitions will destroy my /boot partition, which will incapacitate my computer (this may be a flawed assumption). In addition, I have so many Linux partitions on my compouter right now that I want to delete all of them and start from scratch. Unfortunately, I am (again) afraid of the /boot partition's destruction leading to my computer's inability to boot.
Have people wiped their /boot partition safely? If so, how can I do it? I want to delete all non-Windows partitions, so that when I turn on the computer it boots into Windows.
OR - I would actually rather be able to use the existing /boot partition in my openSUSE installation. How can I do this?
Partitions always scare me. Help is greatly appreciated.
I do it because I'm used to it. I have no experience with SUSE.
However, I am more concerned with the /boot partition. When I install SUSE, will I still be able to boot into Windows, without post-installation configuration? I have not been able to find this information on the internet.
Hi Saketh, you don't have to worry too much on the linux partitions, if you plan to install SuSE you can delete them safely after doing a backup of the data in your home directory.
- While installing SuSE, it'll ask you where to install SuSE, you can choose to do a Manual configuration. At this stage you can delete all the Linux partitions you have. In order to have a proper installation you have to create the following partitions:
- Swap partition (the size depends of your system, the double of your RAM will be enough, no more than 1 GB though)
- Root partition
- Home partition (it's better to have all your data and configuration in other partition)
- Be careful if you delete some partitions, you have to know wich partition has Windows (probably the one that has a NTFS filesystem) so you don't delete it accidentally. Also, you should do a backup of your data stored in your Windows OS before installing SuSE, just in case.
- SuSE will install GRUB at the MBR, and it will recognize your Windows OS. So when you boot your system you'll have the chance to choose between SuSE and Windows.