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Old 03-06-2008, 01:41 AM   #16
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Ya it can see them to "remove safely" it also detects the USB drive in the hardware manager. Just doesn't show up in the "my computer" area.
 
Old 03-06-2008, 10:55 AM   #17
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Start -> Programs -> Administrative Tools -> Computer Management
(alternately you can right click my Computer and select manage, it gets you to the same place)

Select Disk manager

Select the 'unknown partition(s)' on your USB external hard drive and choose 'Delete Partition'

Create new partitions for Windows to use then format them..
 
Old 03-07-2008, 12:39 AM   #18
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If you have completely removed Linux and just wish to run Windows on your machine, you need to rewrite the Master Boot Record of your hard drive to get rid of the Linux boot loader.



http://amazingrando.wordpress.com/20...s-your-friend/
Theres a problem there... the only options in the system recovery area are:

Startup Repair (doesn't detect problem)
System Restore
Windows Complete Pc Restore
Windows memory diagnostic tool
and command prompt (fixmbr does not work there)
 
Old 03-07-2008, 02:06 AM   #19
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Start -> Programs -> Administrative Tools -> Computer Management
(alternately you can right click my Computer and select manage, it gets you to the same place)

Select Disk manager

Select the 'unknown partition(s)' on your USB external hard drive and choose 'Delete Partition'

Create new partitions for Windows to use then format them..
If i format the partition directly without fixing the boot list, will i be able to boot directly into windows without a problem or will my computer still look for linux?

Just wondering because I just looked at a file in linux (the boot file recommended earlier in the post) and it looks like its the thing making the computer look for linux in the first place, but i don't know.

Again I am sorry I am a complete noob at fixing this problem myself.
 
Old 03-07-2008, 10:57 PM   #20
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You need to rewrite the MBR before deleting those linux partitions.

http://technet2.microsoft.com/Window...15b961033.mspx
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/314058
 
Old 03-08-2008, 01:19 AM   #21
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those are for different distributions of windows than i have, i need one for vista 64bit.
 
Old 03-08-2008, 06:35 PM   #22
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When I typed in help on the MS-DOS prompt provided by the cd i did not get a list of commands i got a error.


When I typed Fixmbr I also got a error.
 
Old 03-08-2008, 08:14 PM   #23
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Ok I just fixed it, the command is different from what it was in windows XP.

In the windows vista recovery you goto the command prompt (ms-dos) and type in Bootrec.exe /fixmbr

Now if your boot is really messed up all you have todo is type Bootrec.exe /fixboot

This fixed it for me.

I appreciate all the assistance I got from you guys. I am now off to re-install linux my main internal drives. Never again am I installing it on a external HDD lol.
 
Old 03-09-2008, 01:42 AM   #24
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Gotta love how consistent Windows is.. can't seem to keep anything the same from one version to the next.

Glad you finally got it sorted out.
 
  


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