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Old 08-19-2005, 11:09 AM   #1
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Removing windows from a dual boot box

H list;

My son has an athalon-64 box running Fedora Core3 and Windoze in a dual boot setup. He
has finally had it with windows and wants to rid his machine of it entirely.

The final straw was a video problem that after running windows caused the
machine to show barely readable graphics with a big blob as a cursor and
lines throughtout the display until he logged into windows, then the display
was fine until he re-booted. after 2 successive reboots into Linux the issue
went away -wierd!!

Anyhow, can anyone explain to me how to go about deleting the disk space used
for windows and reclaiming that space for Linux?

Thanks in advance for your help !
Old 08-19-2005, 11:20 AM   #2
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In Linux just delete the Windows partition, create a new partition and format it to your chosen file system: ext2, ext3 or reiserfs. Then you can mount it into the file system. Alter the configuration of your bootloader to remove the Windows section.
Old 08-19-2005, 11:26 AM   #3
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What tool / program would I use to delete the windoze partition and create a new partition (and format the new partition)?
Old 08-19-2005, 11:28 AM   #4
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QTparted is a good one to use it's graphical so it should be fairly easy to use.

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I'll try it .


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Umm.. but that video problem, whatever it is/was, still should be checked out, even if it "went away."

Presumably it is a hardware issue of some kind and it could come back to bite you... in Windows or no.
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Any suggestions how to look into it? The video is fine now.
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Smile Re: Removing windows from a dual boot box

you can try any of these option:

1. remove it by running the CONFIGURATION CENTER in your desktop.
choose section MOUNT POINT, then delete the partition which have VFAT type, turn it to ext2 or ext3 or reiserfs, and finally format it.

2. otherwise, if you're more familiar with windows command, try to use fdisk.
choose to run windows in your boot loader screen, then press F8 key on the keyboard soonly after it to prevent you entering windows normal mode.
after you see the menu, select "safe command promp".
type "fdisk" on the shell, then delete any FAT or FAT32 partition, quit fdisk & reboot. enter linux, go to config center, & set the unused partition to ext3 or else then format it.

p.s. it's easier to use option number 1 anyway, hehe

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