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Regarding Ghost and LAN's, It works well, but you have to get your NIC's to work under Nortons DOS system. As you would expect, the FA311 by netgear doesn't work!!! Apparently there is a driver on their support site. Also I have the problem of getting my laptops PCMCIA to work under DOS, so I can't do this stuff at present. You can theoretically run it under windows, but it may not image some system files properly.
You can use fdisk, but if you're not entirely sure what you're doing, you really shouldn't. I use ghost simply because it's quick and easy! I originally started using it because Windows took forever to configure! On install, no version of Windows auto configures my PCI-IDE card (it too is actually onboard), therefore I must use the Motherboard CD-Rom that came with the Comp. Unfortunately, since Windows doesn't like my IDE (card?), I cannot access the CD rom in order to install the IDE drivers so that I can access my CD rom - any one see a chicken/egg scenario here? Once I finally get a base system working the way I want it, I ghost it and burn it onto a CD. Thus saving my lots of time/effort should all go remarkebly pear shaped, as is quite likely using MS software!
jimjim, if you've got your install CD handy - try using that. Once you've finished with the partitioning/formating you should be able to quit the install procedure (at least you can from Mandrake ). From Mandrake, you can change the partition/HD type (ext2fs / Fat32 / etc) and format it. Windows doesn't always like this, so if you're changing it to a FAT32 partition/HD, you would probably need to use the format command under DOS/Win anyway.
Actually, jimjim, every bit of information that you recieved on this post will work. And yes, fdisk will delete a Linux partition, I've done it, so I know it can. If it didn't work for you, either you were using the crippled version of fdisk that comes with Windoze, or it is an error with the interface between the chair and the keyboard.
Man, the last time I deleted a Linux partition was with fdisk and it worked every time so far.
Must be the little magic penguins in your computer that are preventing you from deleting your Linux partition.
Oh and the thing about "you guys don't know anymore than I already do"...........At least I know how to delete a Linux partition.