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"But if you are selling the rig, wouldn't you want to wipe it of data first anyway? That would reset the bootloader'
Good point! "This will be kept in the family", so to speak. I will also be using a Windows program called "Eraser" to clean out any of MY windows stuff. I`m not too concerned, because most of my "computing" on that box was in learning Linux Mandriva. There is not much personal data, just programs and such. I have another (Windows) computer with data I would be more carefull about.
Back to removing the bootloader...I remember doing this once before, and I think all I had to do was (at a DOS command line) something like this: FDISK/MBR
Does this sound right?
Thanks again for your insight into this problem.
Yes, you need to boot to your Windows CD and get to the recovery option. Windows will ask you if you want to install or recover(or repair, I can't remember) an existing install. You want to do this. Then after a few screens, you will be at a command prompt. The command to restore the bootloader is "fixmbr" without the quotes, of course. =)
I'm kinda new to linux but your secondary hd with linux on it should be easy to clean.
From win click on start/my computer/ then find your secondary drive(win hd is usaully c: by default),right click on it,NOT C,and in the drop down menu should be the format command.
After convincing win this is really what you want to do it should leave your hd squeeky clean with a nice ntfs file system all set up ready for some data.
As for the mbr I think purelithium answered that.I've never had to do that.Now that I'm learning linux well enough to use it I never want to Long live grub.
"Now that I'm learning linux well enough to use it I never want to Long live grub."
Yeah,thanks guys, Im really NOT abandoning Linux (Mandriva) just abandoning my second box. I have plans for a dual boot on a yet another box I will be building sometime after Christmas (if Santa is good to me!)
MRDucks,the Second HDD is not to be found under Windows! However, I believe I can Format the Linux HDD just by re-installing Mandriva on it`s drive and clearing all the partitions during the process, thus allowing for a later conventional Format and Partitioning under Windows back to a NTFS data drive.
Thanks purelithium, svg00, and bp12345!!! Will do as you suggest
the Second HDD is not to be found under Windows! However, I believe I can Format the Linux HDD just by re-installing Mandriva on it`s drive and clearing all the partitions during the process, thus allowing for a later conventional Format and Partitioning under Windows back to a NTFS data drive.
You could do that, or you could go into your Control Panel in XP and select "Administrator Tools" and go to Computer Management, and then go to Disk Management. In there you should be able to see the physical disk. It will be listed as either Unformatted or Unknown. You can then format it with the native XP utility. If it is over 32 GB, then windows will only be able to format it for NTFS, if it is under 32GB, then you will have the option of either formatting FAT32 or NTFS.