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Old 07-27-2004, 11:52 AM   #1
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Deleting Mandrake

I tried to delete Mandrake 10.0 using DiskDrake. The help file that I read told me that I needed to delete all partitions on the HD ending in "ext3" as well as the "swap partition". I "cleared" the main partition (Mandrake was installed on my secondary HD), but I forgot to replace it with a "FAT partition" (which is what the help file told me to do. Now when I boot up in Linux, it loads up to a certain point and I get a fatal error and I can't even type in the prompt. My question is, how, at this point, can I wipe Mandrake from my secondary HD?

I'm trying to wipe Mandrake so that I can install Windows XP Pro onto that HD (secondary), transfer my backups over to it from my primary HD (also Windows XP Pro), so that I can then reformat my primary HD. I have way too much crap to burn and this is really my only option. I want to reinstall Linux on my secondary HD again at a later time, but first thing is first.

I'm running Mandrake 10.0 on my secondary HD and Widows XP Professional on my primary HD. Any help would be appreciated. I'm very new to Linux, so it would be more beneficial to me if you could just assume that I'm an idiot and need my hand to be held through this., you're my only hope....
Old 07-27-2004, 12:05 PM   #2
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When I boot into "failsafe" I get the following:

UFS: Cannot open root device "341" or hdb1.
Please append a correct "root=" boot option.
Kernel panic: UFS: Unable to mount root fs on hdb1.

Then I get a flashing prompt and am unable to type. I would have never rebooted without creating that FAT partition if I knew I would have been locked out from accessing DiskDrake. :/
Old 07-27-2004, 12:12 PM   #3
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I have never used Disk Drake. But if you want to completely get rid of the Linux Partition and get a FAT partition instead, then you can also do it from Windoze, using the "Computer Management" tool from the Control Panel. Alternatively, you can use some other software for windows (Partition Magic, for instance. But I'm not really keen on "buying" software.)

The other thing that can be done is that you pop in a Linux installation CD, and see if you can delete the paritition you dont want. But deleting the partition will oly be an incomplete step, you will have to format it into FAT, which I recommend you do in Windoze.

There is yet another mothod. Pop in the Windoze XP installation CD. Keep going on till the part you choose a partition. Then delete the Secondary partition and format into FAT. Then quit the installation, otherwise you will have two copies of Windoze on your disk :P

WARNING: the method I have described will delete ALL data from the Linux partition. I hope u know what u are doing

I hope it helps.

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Old 07-27-2004, 03:00 PM   #4
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The "Computer Management" tool only gives me the option of creating an NTFS partition. I deleted the partition on my secondary HD and formatted using NTFS (since that's all that is available to me), but apparantly some Linux files remain because the "Boot Loader" still pops up when I reboot and I can still select to boot with Linux (even though when I do, it fails and continues to give me the error that I posted previously). I'm uncertain as to how I should procede.

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The bootloader (I assume its lilo) is installed in the Master Boot Record (MBR). The MBR is at the beginning of the disk and not associated with any partition.

There are several methods to delete it. Boot the XP install CD to recovery mode and run the fixmbr utility. Boot a Windows 98 emergency boot disk and run the fdisk command:
fdisk /mbr
Old 07-27-2004, 05:08 PM   #6
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Everything is working great now. A big thanks out to everyone that helped me out.


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