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Old 02-22-2002, 05:11 PM   #1
SloHands
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Question Uninstall SuSE 7.1


I have a triple boot setup that has W98SE / SuSE 7.1 Pro , with W2K Pro on seperate HDD.

The SuSE OS is a boot from floppy and is on the last 7 gigs of 1st HDD and is not visible to any other system.

W98SE is the first OS on the HDD and is C:\

W2K was installed as the last OS, but contained on the 2nd HDD and is drive G:\.

I want to uninstall the SuSE to use that space for another OS.

I have several questions.

1st: If I go into W98SE MS-DOS window and fdisk /mbr to remove the LILO, will I also remove the W2K Pro boot information so that I would not be able to boot to W2K?

2nd: If I do remove the presence of W2K Pro, will a "dirty install" of W2K Pro restore that bootable connection?

I still intend to install another Linux OS, but I am not certain that the LILO of that OS is complementary to the SuSE LILO.

Thanks for help.
 
Old 02-22-2002, 06:43 PM   #2
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Fdisking the mbr

is generally an unhealthy practice. I would try something 3rd party (partition magic or similar) to do this.

I have no idea about W2K partition but W98 will freak out without a valid MBR.
 
Old 02-22-2002, 07:24 PM   #3
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Re: Fdisking the mbr

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is generally an unhealthy practice. I would try something 3rd party (partition magic or similar) to do this.


Excuse me? Since when is it "unhealthy" to restore the MBR?

In the handbook I received with the SuSE Linux 7.1 Pro I purchased, it specifically stated that to remove the LILO from the computer, I "MUST" do an "fdisk /mbr" to restore the previous mbr setup.

Also, if you install something and the mbr get trashed, you perform this function to clean it up.

I have no idea about W2K partition but W98 will freak out without a valid MBR.
One of the requirements of installing W2K on a PC with Win98SE on it, is that the Win98SE be installed first. My question regards the W2K! Will the config of W2K have serious consequences of doing an "fdisk /mbr" function?

EDIT: I have solved the problem! All that was required of me was to use the Drive Image software I had installed and remove each of the partitions. Because I had installed the system to boot from a floppy, there was no instance of the system in the MBR, which meant that I did not have to do an "fdisk / mbr" function, thereby removing the possibility of messing up the W2K system. Having a triple boot configuration on a single PC was an experience and a challenge. Each system worked perfectly and without a hitch. A great opportunity to learn....

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