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Old 05-23-2006, 11:32 AM   #1
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Running Windows with LINUX on an external hard-drive.

I recently attempted to install a LINUX OS onto an external hard drive (with the intention of using LINUX alongside Windows. The install failed and, mainly due to me not knowing enough about what I was doing, it wouldn't boot anything. I've had Windows repaired by someone from a computer shop, but was told by them that it would be inadvisable to plug in the external hard drive (containing [?] the LINUX OS).

If I plug this external hard drive back into the computer, will it wreck the system, or will I be able to format the external hard drive to be able to use it with Windows again? What else should I know before doing this, what conflicts could it cause etc...?

I don't intend to use LINUX again (not without finding out what I'm doing first) - I just want to be able to format this external hard drive to use with Windows.

Many thanks.
Old 05-23-2006, 11:40 AM   #2
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u can plug in ur external wont wreck ur system..

U can format it using windows harddisk management system..
mycomputer>manage>disk management..
(make sure window detects ur ext. hd)
Old 05-23-2006, 11:58 AM   #3
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Ok, I've taken the first step and plugged it in - and nothing's happened. Windows no longer detects the hard drive (is this because it's formatted for LINUX?). I could restart with it plugged in, but I don't particularly like the thought of it then trying to boot LINUX again (creating the same problem I couldn't solve in the first place) from the external drive.

What can I do?
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Old 05-23-2006, 02:27 PM   #4
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As the man already said, reformat it using the Windows disk manager. If that does not work--and you do not ahve any other disk tools, download a copy of DBAN and wipe the disk. Then Windows will see it.

In case you missed it, your computer repair person was dead wrong. Unless you have viruses or something, pluggin in a external drive with ANYTHING on it is not going to screw up you system.


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