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Old 10-27-2003, 10:57 PM   #1
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Cannot Install Windows Now...

Hey all,

I am a fresh newbie to Linux, I started messing around with Red Hat 9 and got it installed on my hard drive (I killed the partitions for the old XP). Well After getting it installed I loved it.. but I need Windows XP back on... ok well heres my problem

After deleting the linux partition and trying to reboot I get a "Hard Drive Not Found" message. I treid doing the fdisk /mbr to restore the Master Boot Record... it didnt seem to work

I deleted all partitions that I could get to with Fdisk and Partition Magic 8, but It still will not find my hard drive unless I use a adapter card (and then windows still wont find it when I go to install it agian)

Also the partition I do find is only 33gb (the HD is 80gb), Any Help is really apprecaited... my hair is falling out lol

I know this is a pretty bad newbie question but I am floored and am totally lost...
Old 10-27-2003, 11:20 PM   #2
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Do you know how to use the linux version of fdisk?
Do not panic as your partition and data are not lost,you only need to go back from where you started.
I believe the hard disk not found message is becoz of the fact that you installed linux in the only primary partition.
So what you need to do is check out a utility like testdisk ( )
and after recovering the partitions you can use fdisk
read the manpage before you do anything
(the command is
man fdisk
Old 10-28-2003, 12:46 AM   #3
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Dear friend,

The problem with your installation is that you have removed your primary windows partition and installed linux over there. As your windows can detect only one primary partition, thats why it is not detecting the hard disk. But there is a solution for that. You boot your system with some older Red Hat version CD (8,7.3, etc) and choose fdisk during the partition.

you can delete all the partition there save it and boot with the windows bootable disk. you can re create the partition and install the windows in the first partition.

try installing the linux in any one of the logical partition.

Good luck
Old 10-29-2003, 09:33 PM   #4
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I cannot find where to download the 8.0 version of linux, anyone have any ideas? Also the only thing that finds my HD's is the adapter card not the intel motherboard. I am really lost now heh.
Old 10-31-2003, 07:07 AM   #5
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linux 8.0

that will get you redhat 8.0 iso's.


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