Not sure the mbr would be broken on the second hard drive
Unless RH9 was specifically instructed to install GRUB to the RH9 root partition, and jumpman890 transferred the RH9 boot sector to the Windows boot sector so that RH9 could be called from the Windows bootloader-- which are 1) not the default behaviour of the RH9 installer and 2) unlikely actions for a new user, which it would appear that jumpman890 is-- the system is using GRUB on the MBR as its first-stage bootloader. That won't be affected by deleting the RH9 partition, but the second-stage
bootloader will be erased. So there will be no menu (as the menu configuration was on the erased partition), and no way for GRUB to know where Windows is in order to boot it.
This is why the Windows bootloader would need to be reinstalled.
Oh, and sorry, jumpman890-- my Win2KSP4 does see the "alien" partitions, iirc; it just gives me no options of what to do but to format or delete them. Since that's what you wanted to do anyway, it wouldn't have mattered.
Maybe XP is different in that respect. The trial versions of Swiss Army Knife (available at http://www.compuapps.com/Download/sw...swissknife.htm
), or its big brother, Drive Wizard (available at http://www.compuapps.com/Products/drivewiz/drivewiz.htm
) should solve this problem. You could also try a demo version of Partition Commander (http://www.partition-manager.com/
), or the completely free Partition Manager (http://www.ranish.com/part/
)-- however Partition Manager does not resize NTFS partitions (which is what XP is likely installed to), so you would be unable to merge the newly free space with any existing partitions using that tool.
Last but not least, you could always use RedHat's own tools to delete the partition. Here's the way that's done (I've done this under Mandrake, and there's no reason why it shouldn't work under RH as well).
Boot from the RedHat CD1. If there are repair tools available from the boot menu, you can check them out to see if one of them is cfdisk, and if so, then just use that to delete the partition and write the new partition table, reboot, stick the XP CD in real fast and then boot to the XP Recovery Console and use fixmbr. You can then boot into Windows normally and do whatever you like with the newly-freed space.
If cfdisk is not available from the RH repair console, just go through the install to the partitioning process. You certainly will get cfdisk here, so use it to delete the current RH partition, write the new partition table, then reset your computer
(with the button on the front), again, switch CDs real fast (or go to the BIOS so you have time to switch them slowly
), then as before, boot to the XP Recovery Console and use fixmbr to replace the RH bootloader with the Windows bootloader. You can then use the standard Windows tools to format the free space (from the deleted partition) to either a new partition, or to expand a currently-existing partition.
Hope this helps.