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Old 10-21-2004, 02:46 AM   #1
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Unhappy Format NTFS partition from Linux?

Hi guys,

I am currently running tree operating systems: Microsof Xp Pro, Microsoft Server 2003 (both on hda1) and Fedora (hda 2,3,4) on my 40Gb Hard disk on a labtop.

The situation here is that my damn XP got some dll files corrupted after installing the updates from Microsoft. I have tried to reinstall but XP keep rebooting during the installation process.

I still can have access to Microsoft Server and Linux but too much frustrated now with xp . Now I plan to format the Windows partition (XP and Server) and then make a fresh install of Microsoft Server only on that partition.

However I recognize one thing that could be a problem here is that I have install the Grub on Master Boot Loader which is on hda1. Would formatting hda1 will stop me accessing Grub menu at computer boot and subsequently can't get into Fedora ??? Is there any solution ?

I am very confusing now. Any help would be highly appreaciated.

Thanks very much in advance.

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Old 10-21-2004, 03:23 AM   #2
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hey EgosZ,
well i have a laptop with winxp and rhel installed on it. when i got problems wiht xp i had formatted the c: and resinstalled windows. Then the system doesn't boot into linux. dont worry u just need to install boot loader again. just boot from linux cd and go into rescue mode by typing linux rescue. then ask the system to find the linux partitions and they will be found and mounted on /mnt/sysimage partition. now u try out these commands in the shell.
chroot /mnt/sysimage
grub-install /dev/hda -----if ur hard disk is hda...
then should definitely work..because i had done this so many time...hope u get it..any problems post me luck
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On some systems, the command 'mkbootdisk --iso' will produce a cd image of a boot disk.
This may be necessary because a floppy may not be large enough.
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Sweet !!! Thanks praveen. It worked out perfectly.


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