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Old 08-15-2009, 01:21 PM   #1
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Formatting a windows xp partition from fedora 6

Hi everyone,
I have a desktop with Windows xp media center edition and fedora 6 installed on the same hard drive. My windows partition seems to have some spyware so I wanted to format and re-install windows on it. I cannot boot into windows as it freezes after logging in.
I have the manufacturer's (Dell) windows re-installation DVD, but somehow my system has an issue with bootable CDs. It plays regular CDs/DVDs, but when it comes to bootable CDs, it just freezes up with a blank screen after displaying the "Press any key to boot from CD ..." message. I changed my jumper setting to PATA slave, but its the same problem. I also tried a brand new CD ROM drive but again with the same issue. So I am out of wits about this problem.
Due to this I decided to format the windows partition from my Fedora installation. However, I've never done this and was wondering if someone can tell me the detailed steps to do it. I realize the since grub is mostly on my windows partition, I won't be able to boot into Fedora after formatting the windows partition, but I'm willing to format the Linux partition too, if I ever get to format the windows partition !
Please keep in my mind that no bootable CD is working on my system

-- Jonty
Old 08-15-2009, 02:16 PM   #2
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Sounds like your bios needs upgraded/reflashed.
If you have a floppy drive you can flash it from a floppy disk since your windows won't boot,, if you can find a floppy these days.
Here is a link that can help you reflash your bios from Linux that may be helpful if you want to give that a try:
Old 08-15-2009, 10:16 PM   #3
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Hi windtalker10,
Thanks for your reply. Are you suggesting the reflashing to fix the bootable CD issue ? This could be the problem but I was a little unsure since I never changed the hardware since I purchased the machine.
Also, reflashing the BIOS from Linux sounds a little risky ...
Any ideas about formatting

-- Jonty
Old 08-16-2009, 12:45 AM   #4
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If you want to reformat and re-install Windows, beware that Windows will over wright your mbr, making linux not bootable. You'll have to re-install GRUB after that.

For formatting partitions look into Gparted liveCD, maybe it might help you.


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