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Old 04-14-2004, 11:20 AM   #1
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Unhappy formating


i want to format my computer but i don't know how to do it on linux. i have mandrake 9.2. i can't get to dos, to type:
format c:
can eny one please tell me how to either format useing mandrake
(in english) or tell me how to get to dos.
 
Old 04-14-2004, 11:31 AM   #2
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Try fdisk or cfdisk those commands will format your hard drive.
 
Old 04-14-2004, 11:33 AM   #3
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format your computer? You mean your harddrive, I suppose. Do youwant to format your whole harddrive or just a partition. Dos can't work with linux-partitions, won't recognise them. You must partition from a linux program. You should tell exactly what you want, cause formatting can mean more. Do you want to:
1) delete all your linux-partitions and make your computer windows again
2) erase all data and reinstall linux
3) a combination of 1 and 2
4) erase all the data on a partition (what file-system does that partition have?)
Could be usefull too to give us your partitiontable. You can find that by running cfdisk (only works as root!). Be carefull with that program, cause it can ruin your partitiontable.
 
Old 04-14-2004, 11:36 AM   #4
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cfdisk does it but it says
FATAL ERROR;bad primary partition 2: partition begins after end of disk press any key to exit cfdisk
 
Old 04-14-2004, 11:37 AM   #5
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1) delete all your linux-partitions and make your computer windows again
 
Old 04-14-2004, 11:52 AM   #6
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Try as root cfdisk -z. It will make an empty partition table. Choose "write" to write down that table. Quite the program, exit linux. From than you probably won't be able to start linux again. Now that you have an empty table you can use dos fdisk to repartion your disk. You can't just format your disk, you must make partitions! Boot your computer from a dos-bootdisk. Type fdisk. Make one or two partitions that fill your disk. Exit fdisk and reboot (not sure if rebooting is necessary, but better don't take risks). Then format the new partitions by format c: and format d: (if you have a second partition). Install windows.

Warning: all data on your harddisk will be absolutely lost and linux won't boot anymore!
 
Old 04-14-2004, 11:59 AM   #7
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how do i get a dos boot disk
 
Old 04-14-2004, 12:15 PM   #8
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www.bootdisk.com (first hit with google) or you can make a dos bootdisk with a windows-installation:

put a floppy in a computer with windows installed, go to my computer, right click on the floppy "format", choose make bootdisk.

or it was something in configuration centre, software. Don't know, don't use windows anymore so often.

I can see why you don't like linux: you don't have the patience to try new things, or find them out. A bit too lazy or so. You could have found that site bootdisk.com yourself too...
 
  


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