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Old 09-02-2003, 07:44 PM   #1
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formatting my HD to get rid of Linux and go to Windows 98


Hi!

I know this is probably a pretty dreading thought, and I don't have much time, so I'll cut to the chase. I want to format my HD and put Windows 98 back on my machine. I have RH8 on right now, and that's what I'm writing to you from. I have a Windows 98 Startup floppy, and the Windows 98/SE install CD. My problem is, when I boot up with the floppy ( the only thing I can boot to), it goes into DOS mode, and I try format C: it gives some kind of error saying that this program cannot be run in MS-DOS mode. If I try to run the SETUP.EXE file, it says it can't run that either for some reason that I forgot. I am willing to try pretty much anything just to wipe the HD. I don't have much to lose, after all!!
REPLY ASAP PLEASE!!!
 
Old 09-02-2003, 07:56 PM   #2
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There is no 'format' command in Linux.

Go to 'fdisk' (or 'cfdisk') and use the command to completely erase all Linux partitions. This includes boot, /, swap, etc. Once all of your Linux partitions are gone, write that table to the disk ('w'). Reboot your computer and Linux will be gone.

Stick in your Windows CD/Floppy and reinstall Windows. That's all there is to it! Come back here if you have anymore questions. Good luck!
 
Old 09-02-2003, 08:13 PM   #3
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Thanks for your instructions! How do you get into fdisk or cfdisk? I will try typing 'fdisk' and I hope I can figure it out from there, and I was also wondering if you have to delete all those partitions separately, but I guess there will be a list and I'll just go by that!

Thanks for wishing me luck, I have a really old computer that is 100mHz and has only 2GB on its HD and Windows for some reason just runs a whole lot faster and smoother, so thanks again, bye!
 
Old 09-02-2003, 08:16 PM   #4
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Boot with the floppy disk and run fdisk. Delete all non-DOS partitions. Create partitions as desired then reboot using the floppy disk and then format the partitions.

Reboot using Win98 CD and install.
 
Old 09-02-2003, 08:29 PM   #5
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Hopefully 'fdisk' will work out for you! If you have any more questions about fdisk specifically, you can see this:

http://www.tldp.org/HOWTO/Partition/partition-5.html
 
Old 09-02-2003, 08:35 PM   #6
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'fdisk' does not work. It says no such command exists. Do you know where it is located? If you know the directory that would be awesome. Otherwise I might try putting in the install disks for Linux, and getting into fdisk that way, then just rebooting, but that might not work because I think it does all that while it's installing. Well, if you know the directory, I guess that's the key here, unless you've got another idea.

Thanks for your help!
 
Old 09-02-2003, 08:55 PM   #7
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do you have some sort of boot disk for windows? or linux for that matter... if you do, that should have fdisk on it. make sure sure your BIOS allows you to boot from CD.
 
Old 09-02-2003, 08:57 PM   #8
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It's in /sbin HOWEVER...

As noted above, use your windoze boot disk ( www.bootdisk.com if yours isn't working) and at the "A:" prompt type:
fdisk
From there, you should be able to remove ALL partitions, then create your desired scheme, if nothing more than a single large partition, so be it. After you are done, exit DOS fdisk, reboot, boot back up with the FLOPPY, and then:
format C:

Finally, reboot one more time, run:
setup.exe
And get that puppy started.

Moving to General where non-linux questions belong

Have fun!

Cool
 
Old 09-02-2003, 08:59 PM   #9
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Do you have a Win98 emergency boot floppy? Are there any files on the floppy disk?

You should be able to boot using the CD if it is set to boot first in the BIOS. fdisk will be on the a: drive.
 
Old 09-02-2003, 09:05 PM   #10
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there should be an fdisk.exe on your win98 cd. If I understand you correctly, you have a startup floppy for win98 that you use to install win98 and it came with your computer, right? If so, I don't see why you can't install win98 using it - it shouldn't care about linux on the drives, it's windows after all. Are there no Readme.txt and such on the floppy?
 
Old 09-02-2003, 09:12 PM   #11
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i recently swapped my drives, and win98 had a terrible time trying to set itself up. i don't think it's very good at reading disks that have (in the past) been formatted linux native. as long as you have fdisk on a floppy, or some kind of manufacturer's floppy with utilities on it, just keep trying until it works.
 
Old 09-03-2003, 11:47 AM   #12
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Hey!!

Thanks for all your instructions and I GOT IT TO WORK!! I don't have time to explain what I did, but now it runs so much more smoothly. Thanks and Goodbye!

Zeke
 
Old 09-03-2003, 05:16 PM   #13
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98 running more smoothly the RH8, I have never heard of that happening.. I guess you just got really really lucky..
 
Old 09-03-2003, 11:44 PM   #14
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RH8 , eh?
I can relate to that guys feelings;
Tried RH8 once myself and it sent me screaming up the walls.
It's to Linux , what ME is to Windoze and if it wasn't for me having my SuSE and Vector-Linux handy , I'd probably would've popped in my 98SE-cd as well.
RH8 is about the worst Distro , available from the "big" ones.
 
Old 09-03-2003, 11:47 PM   #15
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I skipped RH8, not because I heard it was bad, just because its the way things worked for me, I mean I went from 7.1 to 7.3 to 9, and I am sure I will miss the next release and wait till the one after that.. Unless I hear they make alot of new changes.. Then I will upgrade..

Still maybe you are right RH8 was sort of a change in the wrong direction.. I know ME was for windows..
 
  


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