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Old 06-11-2004, 02:52 PM   #1
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Another newbie "uninstall linux"-question...


i've found a lot of threads about uninstalling linux, but these all seem geared towards a dual boot on 1 physical disk.

My situation is as follows :
- 1 disk (hda) : WinXP (two partitions)
- 1 disk (hdb) : Linux (root ; /usr ; /swap and maybe even some more)+ 'shared' partition (FAT32)

A couple of months ago I installed Mdk10.0 (Community) and I want to get rid of it now. I want my 2nd disk to be fully accesible under WinXP (yes it's time to format that baby again so I need a temporary backup-disk, after which I will install another distro)

Since this installation was my first 'close encounter' with Linux, i pretty much let the installer choose all options, so the only thing I know is my dual boot is managed through LILO.

Am I right in suggesting that LILO resides somewhere on hdb (root), and that the linux-installer changed the MBR of hda so that it would point to this place?

I thought common procedure is to :
1. go into winxp recovery en 'fixmbr'
2. reboot with linux-cd, delete all partitions, exit installer
et voila...
(or is it the other way round? first delete all partitions and then fixmbr?)
I also read somewhere that running '/sbin/lilo -u' would do the same thing?
Is this right?

Will this also work on a dual boot with two different physical disks?

Thx everyone who had the patience to read through this entire post,
I hope I learn something about all this dual-boot stuff.

Old 06-11-2004, 02:56 PM   #2
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Yes you are quite right with your procedure but you would probably be better running fixmbr and then removign the partitions once windows is ok incase it doesn't work and you can't boot anything.
Old 06-11-2004, 03:00 PM   #3
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I knew about the warm-hearted linux community, but damn that was a quick response!
Will try it once I can afford the (minimal) risk of losing data on hda.


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