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Old 02-25-2004, 01:49 PM   #1
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format hard drive

I have just installed Mandrake 9.2 on a new computer.
I partioned the hard drive so I could run Mandrake & 98se on a duel boot system.
The problem I have is that on installing Mandrake it took over all the hard drive and I cannot find any way to format it to start again.
Could any one advise me on how to format the drive and install 98se & Mandrake 9.2 on a duel boot system.
As I am new to this can you please keep the instructions easy.
Regards Alan
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Before re-installing/re-formatting I'd suggest you
post the output of
fdisk -l
cat /etc/fstab
here ...

Old 02-25-2004, 02:02 PM   #3
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I tried to fdisk with a 98se boot disc it said I could not delete the main partition while an extended partition existed.
So I clicked on delete extended partion and it said cannot delete as long as logical drives exist, so I clicked on delete logical drives in extended partition and then went back to delete extended partition and again it said cannot delete as long as logical drives exist so I was going round in circles getting nowhere. What is cat /etc/fstab?.
here ...
Does this help?.

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Old 02-25-2004, 10:40 PM   #4
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with my limited experience with linux it appears that you have to maunually partition the hd to make more then one opperateing system work together and a problem arrises when you install linux and do an auto install.


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