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Old 05-02-2002, 05:24 PM   #1
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Gotta put windozes back on laptop temporarily

The wife needs to take a laptop with her when she goes out of town soon, so I'm taking Redhat Linux off of an old laptop and trying to put Windozes 98 on it. I had to use disk druid to format the hard drive, since fdisk didn't seem to work. When I was messing around with fdisk, I also did a "fdisk /mbr" too. Then I ran Windows 98 setup from the CD. This is what is happening:

When I boot from the hard drive, right after the bios I get this message: "Disk I/O Error - Replace the disk and then press any key."

Then I used a boot disk that I found on the internet and ran scandisk. I hung on the first step and eventually I got this message: "Scandisk cannot read from the last cluster on drive C. Please make sure Logical Block Addressing (LBA) is enabled to work properly...."

I'm wondering if lilo is still left on the mbr and so Windows can't read a particular sector. I really have no idea, it just doesn't seem like the hard drive is hosed since it was booting Redhat just a few days ago.
Old 05-02-2002, 09:42 PM   #2
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when i must make a fat32 partion i use linux's fdisk to do it.
if this fails try to get the hard drive manufators utilities and do a low level format. the try again.
Old 05-03-2002, 01:48 AM   #3
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That's happened me a couple of times.
First boot off a Linux CD & delete all the partitions, & format it as a FAT32 partition, once it has formatted your HD exit the setup immediately, just reset the machine & then you should have no problems booting off a windows bootdisk & using FDISK make your partitions all over again & format the drive & then you should have no prob's.
FDISK didnt work in the first place cos it wasnt dealing with a FAT32 file system. From experience windows dosent like a FAT32 partition unless fdisk made it.
Hope that help's

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Old 05-28-2002, 08:00 AM   #4
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Thanks Amp

Thanks amp2000, this worked. Your right, Windozes doesn't play well with other fdisk utilities.
Old 05-28-2002, 10:31 AM   #5
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did i go to windows questions by accident???
Old 05-28-2002, 12:40 PM   #6
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No probs m8
Old 05-28-2002, 02:47 PM   #7
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Glad you got it working!! Just a suggestion, if this scenario could happen more often, you might want to invest in another laptop hard drive and just swap drives when your lappie needs to go on a trip.
Old 05-29-2002, 06:53 AM   #8
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Murderer!!! Erasing Linux and tossing Win98 on it. Just kidding.
But in response to jglen490's idea...

I have read somewhere on here that you can "tarball" your hd, and then compress your OS. Maybe instead of having to wipe your HD, you could do this to preserve Linux, so when she gets back it's a little easier to get back to the good OS.

It's cheaper than another HD anyway...


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