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Machine is Dell D300 with 8Gb and 20Gb HDD. 8Gb is W98 and half of 20Gb. Rest of 20Gb for Linux.
I've just installed RH7.2 and let Druid create the partitions after doing it with Partition Magic 6.0 (yes I know I shouldn't have done.... now). Anyway, Partition magic sees disk 2 as bad and it can't be repartioned. Dos fdisk hangs.
Otherwise the computer starts happily into either W98 or RH.
Anyone know how to get to the partitions to start again? I haven't delved enough into Linux to know whether, or even how, to get into Druid, or other, and possibly clear the partitions that way.
I think we need to clarify what you want to do. My impression is you've got a working RH and windoze, but wanted to do some tinkering with partitions. If you want to wipe the RH partitions and start again, there is an option at install time to use ext2, but obviously you lose the journaling ability. There should be a way to convert an ext3 to 2, its just a matter of changing the label/ partition table, but I don't know how to do it.
Thanks everyone. Still no luck though. I'll try the partinfo route and see how it goes.
As far as I can see I'll have to use Druid to remove the linux partitions since that's what created the partitions. So, where does Druid live in linux? It's in the install program for RH7.2 and you can delete partitions, but only to create new ones, not to then exit. Can a Druid 'rescue disk' be created to be run from a floppy???
Otherwise, is there a 'nuclear' partitioning tool that will clear all partitions regardless of what's there so you can start again from scratch?
if you have WinXp you can use adminestortools for deleting
or you can use disk druid in RH instalations disk without installling
agin OR use PM7.2 OR system cammander 2000
final version(not work with XP)