Welcome to the most active Linux Forum on the web.
Go Back > Forums > Linux Forums > Linux - Newbie
User Name
Linux - Newbie This Linux forum is for members that are new to Linux.
Just starting out and have a question? If it is not in the man pages or the how-to's this is the place!


  Search this Thread
Old 09-12-2010, 12:05 PM   #1
LQ Newbie
Registered: Sep 2010
Posts: 1

Rep: Reputation: 0
Completely formatting Linux

First of all, I'm not sure whether this is the right place to post this question, but here goes:

I installed Linux but now want to go back to windows 7 for compatibility reasons, as my computer currently doesn't work with the software I'm obliged to use at my university.
I don't want to dual boot, and I don't wan't to use wine or virtualbox or something like that. I want windows on my computer, but when I try to install it it says that it won't work because it needs NTFS or something.
Can i install windows if I completely format my hard drive, and if so then how do I do that?

Hope you can help me
Old 09-12-2010, 12:10 PM   #2
Senior Member
Registered: Apr 2007
Location: Germany
Distribution: Slackware
Posts: 3,979

Rep: Reputation: Disabled
Hello chr2507,

Windows should give you an option to partition and format the disk at the beginning of the installation, i.e. after booting the installation-medium.

Old 09-12-2010, 12:13 PM   #3
LQ 5k Club
Registered: May 2001
Location: Belgium
Distribution: Arch
Posts: 8,528

Rep: Reputation: 899Reputation: 899Reputation: 899Reputation: 899Reputation: 899Reputation: 899Reputation: 899
Welcome to LQ

If the windows CD gives you problems installing,
you could use a live CD, and use gparted to reformat your drive.

Kind regards
Old 09-12-2010, 12:31 PM   #4
Registered: Aug 2008
Distribution: Ubuntu ultimate edition 2.7
Posts: 59

Rep: Reputation: 19
It is unfortunate that you cannot use Linux system, which is far better than windows.
Anyway you insert your windows CD and boot from CD. After that windows will ask you to reformat your drive. Say yes and proceed with NTFS format.
Then windows will start install.
By the way you can search the community of the particular distro you are using. May be there is some solution for your problem?
Old 09-12-2010, 02:33 PM   #5
John VV
LQ Muse
Registered: Aug 2005
Location: A2 area Mi.
Posts: 17,400

Rep: Reputation: 2584Reputation: 2584Reputation: 2584Reputation: 2584Reputation: 2584Reputation: 2584Reputation: 2584Reputation: 2584Reputation: 2584Reputation: 2584Reputation: 2584
if it is xp you are reinstalling this is a VERY common bug WITH THE XP install cd

install win 7 it should be able to find the disk and repartition it
if not use the live gparted cd as stated above and format to ntfs
so the dumb MS installer can see it
Old 09-12-2010, 08:09 PM   #6
Registered: Dec 2009
Location: Germany
Distribution: Whatever fits the task best
Posts: 17,148
Blog Entries: 2

Rep: Reputation: 4860Reputation: 4860Reputation: 4860Reputation: 4860Reputation: 4860Reputation: 4860Reputation: 4860Reputation: 4860Reputation: 4860Reputation: 4860Reputation: 4860
Had this bug sometimes on customer boxes. If you can still boot into linux, type as root in a terminal
dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/sdX bs=1M count=1
, where sdX is replaced with your actual device. You can also do this using a live-cd. After this procedure Windows will recognize your drive as new and will not have problems during partitioning/formatting.


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Completely Formatting My Hard Drive? Novatian Linux - Hardware 8 05-14-2008 12:07 PM
Completely new to linux philcrow Linux - Newbie 12 01-13-2008 02:39 PM
Trouble formatting COMPLETELY blank harddrives Brian5 Linux - Hardware 6 03-01-2007 12:54 AM
completely new to linux tabbikat Linux - Newbie 6 06-20-2006 10:12 PM
Completely new to linux Newperson Linux - Newbie 16 02-03-2005 07:27 PM > Forums > Linux Forums > Linux - Newbie

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 07:22 PM.

Main Menu
Write for LQ is looking for people interested in writing Editorials, Articles, Reviews, and more. If you'd like to contribute content, let us know.
Main Menu
RSS1  Latest Threads
RSS1  LQ News
Twitter: @linuxquestions
Facebook: linuxquestions Google+: linuxquestions
Open Source Consulting | Domain Registration