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Old 04-07-2006, 07:56 AM   #1
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Deleting boot partition

I have windows 2000 and redhat linux dual booting through grub. For some reason, i just deleted the linux partitions from windows diskmanagement except the boot partion of linux fearing windows will crash..

freinds, my question ..Is it possible to remove the boot partion without crashing windows and how ??

secondly, if i want to reload linux will it recognise the old boot partion and allow me to reload the linux?

thanx in advance
Old 04-07-2006, 08:10 AM   #2
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Yes, it is possible. Most people do this without asking first. Then have to boot into the Windows Recovery Console from the CD and issue 'fixmbr' and maybe 'fixboot' command(s). But since you already deleted Linux except for the boot partition you need to boot into Windows and do the same.

And yes if you reload Linux the boot partition should be recognised and used to again be used.
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By "boot partition" do you mean the master boot record? (Not a partition). You would not be able to remove this from the Windows GUI--even if you wanted to.

What is the current state?---e.g. is the computer working in Windows?
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I think chetana's boot partition is the /boot partition commonly used in the Red Hat family.

The removal of /boot will cause Windows unbootable but Windows MBR can be restored with installation CD like Lenard already described.

The MS systems use a common MBR and so booting up a DOS 6 floppy with fdisk.exe inside and type
fdisk /mbr
will achieve the same result.

Thereofre just use Winddows disk management to delete the /boot partition.


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