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Old 12-16-2003, 01:54 AM   #1
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Hel:p Me Delete Linux


i want to delete linux partitions. I go into fdisk. I try delete extended drive. It says there are optical drives i need to delete. I go to optical drives AND THERES NOTHING THERE. How do i delete those partitions? help me plz!
 
Old 12-16-2003, 02:18 AM   #2
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Not exactly sure but the dos fdisk probably is unable to properly recognise linux extended partitions.
If you're gonna install win2k/xp, during installation you'll be given a chance to partition your drive, you can then delete the partitions. Otherwise try booting with a floppy/cdrom based distro(tomsrtbt, knoppix etc) and use the linux fdisk/cfdisk/etc, or find a better dos partitioning tool.
 
Old 12-16-2003, 05:10 AM   #3
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If you have windows installed on the same box, you can use PQ Partition Magick to do the job.
 
Old 12-16-2003, 09:14 AM   #4
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heyho,

this is a common prob: fdisk tells you the extended drive canīt be deleted while logical drives exist on it. as a second step, you try to erase the logical drives--but you canīt cause dos doesnīt recognize them.

the solution is as easy as fdisk can be useful: create logical drives on it and erase them afterwards! this should force fdisk to erase all possible things on that darn non-dos partition, afterwards you can delete the extended partition itself.

iīm not quite sure if this is right to 100%, but i am relatively sure as i had to di this a few days ago. let me tell you: it works! if this hasnīt been helpful, tell us here.

to clear the mbr out of lilo, try

fdisk /mbr

at bootprompt (DOS, of course).

fdisk is your friend!

cheers,

bavarian


ps the brave must win--and the brave is red!
 
Old 12-16-2003, 09:18 AM   #5
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The above advice should work.

If you have time and a second computer (can be very old), I'd recommend you tweak around on that until you get a good feel for it, learn to recompile the kernel, etc...

Don't give up that easily!
 
Old 12-16-2003, 10:04 PM   #6
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HELP

HELP ME NOW IT GOES INTO
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HELP!!!!!
 
Old 12-17-2003, 12:45 AM   #7
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check this
 
Old 12-17-2003, 12:51 AM   #8
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or just do "fdisk /mbr" as suggested by bavarian
if you already did that then make sure the windows partition is set to active.
 
  


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