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Old 10-01-2005, 07:14 AM   #1
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Format everything


Hello everyone,

I currently dual boot XP pro and Suse 9.3 pro. I want to completely format both of my hardrives because nothing is organized and i want to tidy up. My question is however the MBR is on the primary hardrive which has windows on it, but grub is on the secondary hardrive. So if i wipe out the second harddrive how will i boot to windows?

Thanks a lot
 
Old 10-01-2005, 07:17 AM   #2
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If you completely format both your drives, that will be the least of your problems.
What don't you tell us what you have, and what you really want to achieve. Maybe then we can give some useful advice.
 
Old 10-02-2005, 03:07 PM   #3
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I have a 120 gig primary harddrive where there is an 80 gig partition for windows, a 5 gig partition for the factory backup, a 20 gig partition for music, and a 5 gig fat partition so linux and windows could write to it. The secondary hardrive is 160 gig, 100 gig for linux, 50 gig fat for music. I have about 100 gigs of data that i wanted to backup so i just bought a 320 gig external. I am going to put it all on there and i wanted to consolidate all my partitions. I also wanted to format windows because as many of you know it gets cluttered after a while (just gotta start fresh). I would also like to start fresh on linux again and not install all options like i did the first time because suse is quite huge.

I appreciate all help.
thankyou
 
Old 10-02-2005, 07:31 PM   #4
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OK good - looks like you really do want to format both ...
My caution in answering was that a lot of people ask here without fully realising potential consequences.
You are correct, the MBR will be intact - and unusable.

A re-install of XP will always will over-write the MBR., Linux installers will typically ask you. The fact that one already exists is irrelevant.
If you (only) wipe the Linux disk, you will have the problem you fear - reboot the XP CD, pick recovery console, and run fixmbr. You'll be good to go.
 
Old 10-06-2005, 09:09 PM   #5
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ok,

I booted the xp recovery console and did "fixmbr" and then formatted both harddrives. Windows is all set up, but when i install suse i have a problem which ive never had before. When I install it after the first disk it restarts (like it did in the past) but grub musnt be recognized because it boots right to windows. I chose to put grub on hdb but that shouldnt be the problem because ive done that before. What should i choose as the settings if i want grub on the second harddrive.

thanks
 
Old 10-06-2005, 09:35 PM   #6
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I'm probably the wrong person to ask - my one attempt to install Suse failed due to it's inability to update the MBR with either grub or lilo as the bootloader.
I had several goes at it, but finally I gave it a big thumbs down, and refuse to use it (Suse).

However, in general, installing grub to the second drive is not a problem - however if you intend to use it as the loader, you must install it to the MBR of the primary boot disk.
Do not select the option to install to a partition - which sounds like what you did.

You may want to pursue this on the Suse forum - you'll find my thread there if interested.
 
  


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