Originally posted by smeddly
Hello could some one help me. I have a machine that was running W2K. I then split the drive useing partition magic 8 and installed mandrake 10 on the 2nd partition. I get the LILO boot manager when I start up. I believe it was put on the MBR how can I safely remove LILO. Once I do that I should be able to just del the linux partition and expand the W2K. This should put the machine back to the original setup. Correct? I'm accually going to a mandrake 10 verbose firwall instead due to family things.
Theoretically, you are absolutely correct. Lilo writes to your master boot record, so you would need to recover that. Probably you could use Fdisk that is on the W2K installation media to fix your master boot record. But be careful, it may just erase the MBR and leave you unable to get into anything. Back up all documents, internet bookmarks, etc before you do this. I think fdisk has a command line option to fix the master boot record, something like
Backup first! Don't say I didn't warn you! Cuz I did!
There may be another option - Windows 2K may have a boot loader configuration option in it somewhere. If you do that, your Linux partition will be unbootable, and then PM8 should be able to kill all linux partitions and stretch the windows partition back out to full size.
However, if it were me, I would still have at least two partitions for just Windows 2k:
1. Operating system
2. Swap file
3. Program Files & Documents and Settings
As long as you are about to break your machine anyway, hey, why not get creative and set it up right instead of the insecure way Windows prefers using one giant partition?