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Old 11-23-2002, 03:28 AM   #1
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Win2k/mandrake -> win2k [remove linux]


hi

i have a machine with one hdd
win2k was installed to primary partition and then the rest of the space i installed mandrake linux 8 onto

lilo is the boot loader used

i am wondering what is the best way and easiest to get rid of linux and allocate all of that space to the existing win2k partition

if thats not possible whats the best and safest way to wipe the whole hdd and be able to install win2k again

thanks
 
Old 11-23-2002, 04:56 AM   #2
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Going back to the dark-side?

Do you have Partition Magic? This utility could be used safely (early versions won't work with NTFS). This would preserve your win2k install and re-assign all space back to it. Or it could also be used to remove the win2k and re-assign all space to Linux

Win2k install can remove all partitions and recreate a whole partition on the hdd, if this is the route you choose. This of course would wipe everything out on the disk.
 
Old 11-23-2002, 05:20 AM   #3
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hmmmm

if i install PM on win2k can i assign all linux space to win2k and still keep win2k data intact?
 
Old 11-23-2002, 07:51 AM   #4
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yup. you can do that. PM can do a 'non-destructive' NTFS partition resizing. But do you really need PM? It costs a lot of $$$ for this tool that you'll just use once or twice. Try this:

http://www.terabyteunlimited.com/bootitng.html

It's a live 30 day free trial of a tool that does what PM does.
 
Old 11-23-2002, 08:24 AM   #5
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ah i have partition magic

ok win2k was installed first so it shoudl be on first partition or whatever of hdd

then linux was installed and bootloader is LILO

so what is the process to go the partition magic path?

like changing bootloaders and reassigning space

whcih order?

thanks
 
Old 11-23-2002, 11:30 AM   #6
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to do:

- get rid of LILO
- resize the partitions

to get rid of LILO:

- boot into mandrake and run this as root:

/sbin/lilo -u # this restores the old boot record that was in use before lilo
was installed

Unless you have ran /sbin/lilo after installing mandy, use the dos fdisk instead. You need a Windows/DOS bootdisk with fdisk. Boot with it then run this:

fdisk /mbr

That restores your Windoze loader.

To fix the disk space issue, you can do that from within Win2k's disk manager. You should be able to see the unlabelled linux partitions there. reclaim them in the name of Bill Gates or just delete them. You should have new drive D:. If you want it to be added to your existing Win2K partition, this is where you need PM. You'll do a non destructive resizing - you'll add the new partition (D to your C:. And it will then just be C:.

PM has a GUI. It should be pretty easy for you to figure out the steps. But before you do that - BACKUP your files!!!
 
Old 11-23-2002, 07:01 PM   #7
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ok few more dumb questions

/sbin/lilo -u # <---- include the hash? haha

fdisk /mbr <--- some other sources says for win2k to use fixmbr command from some win2k recovery console... difference?

Win2k's disk manager <--- ive never seen anything like this before?!

thanks for all the help
 
Old 11-23-2002, 11:48 PM   #8
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Win2k's disk manager <--- ive never seen anything like this before?!
Right click on the "My Computer" icon, then click on manage. The Disk Manager is about halfway down the left side.
 
  


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