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Old 05-29-2018, 08:03 PM   #1
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How to remove linux os from windows hard drive? not vm


How should I go about safely removing linux os from my windows 8 hard drive? This is not virtual machine os.
If I remove it will I get my default hard drive capacity back?
 
Old 05-29-2018, 08:19 PM   #2
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Use Gparted.
 
Old 05-29-2018, 11:13 PM   #3
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If I remove it will I get my default hard drive capacity back?
yes, but it will be in a separate partition ("Drive" in microspeak).
not a problem, just format it to NTFS.
 
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Old 05-30-2018, 12:10 AM   #4
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It will be a problem if grub is the default bootloader.

Simple if the Windows bootloader is the default - make sure this is done first if required.
 
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Old 05-30-2018, 10:19 AM   #5
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you got windows, you want to get rid of Linux, if windows got its boot loader back and is the controlling factor in booting,and NOT grub, use your windows partition manager to remove the linux partition and reestablish it as a ntfs or FAT32 partition.

if not then fix your MBR and boot loader for windows
 
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Old 05-30-2018, 05:41 PM   #6
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you should always have a backup before performing any kind of "bulk disk operation"
 
Old 06-02-2018, 05:54 PM   #7
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use your windows partition manager to remove the linux partition and reestablish it as a ntfs or FAT32 partition.
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Just remember that mswindows format tool supports FAT32 for small partitions, up to 32GB I think. For bigger partitions you have the NTFS option only. If you need FAT32 for some reason in a bigger partition, you have to use Linux (GParted in live medium) for this.
 
Old 06-02-2018, 07:54 PM   #8
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Simply use rescuecd or some other live cd with Gparted and remove the Linux partitions as well as the swap partition if you have one.
Then use the repair instructions linked to by BW-userx. Then log into windows and use the windows partition manager to expand you windows partition to use the raw space left by the removal of your Linux installation.
 
Old 06-03-2018, 08:22 AM   #9
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If you need FAT32 for some reason in a bigger partition, you have to use Linux (GParted in live medium) for this.
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It was only the very first partition tool that was internal to the BASE XP that had the restriction. All later iterations of it were corrected.

Just a third part tool; no need to get involved with Linux.

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Old 06-03-2018, 08:57 AM   #10
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It was only the very first partition tool that was internal to the BASE XP that had the restriction. All later iterations of it were corrected.

Just a third part tool; no need to get involved with Linux.
linux-man,

From my reading, if you want to use Windows to format a drive with FAT32 and it's bigger than 32GB, you either need to download a third party formatting tool for Windows, or you need to use the format command in the Windows PowerShell to do it - for Windows versions XP and above - I know when I still had XP, it had this 32GB limit.

AFAICS, the default GUI tool in Windows still has the 32GB limit.

https://www.makeuseof.com/tag/format...ive-fat-fat32/
https://www.howtogeek.com/316977/how...32-on-windows/

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Old 06-03-2018, 09:35 AM   #11
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Well you are very wrong.
Windows would ALWAYS format any size partition to FAT32.
The restriction was on CREATING a FAT32 partition NOT formatting it. Once it had been created, format worked fine.
 
Old 06-03-2018, 09:39 AM   #12
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Well you are very wrong.
Windows would ALWAYS format any size partition to FAT32.
The restriction was on CREATING a FAT32 partition NOT formatting it. Once it had been created, format worked fine.
So everyone is wrong except you? No david. Post reported.
 
Old 06-03-2018, 09:42 AM   #13
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What a terrific way to prove you don't know what you are talking about. Go cry to mummy!!

I was actually there at Microsoft during the time this issue was current so I rather suspect I know a little more about it than you.

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Old 06-03-2018, 05:09 PM   #14
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Also, formatting a drive in FAT or FAT32 will allow it to be read by other operating systems, such as Mac, Linux, and older
versions of Windows such as Windows 98.


Unfortunately, Windows XP and Windows Server 2003 will only format a removable drive in FAT32 if it’s less than 32GB!
Hmmm…that pretty much cuts out ALL modern external hard drives!


However, Windows can format a drive that is larger than 32GB in FAT32, but you have to use the DOS command prompt. However,
if you have a drive that is 1TB or larger, you may still get an error saying “The volume is too big for FAT32”.


In that case, you can use some 3rd party programs that will allow you to format an external hard drive with the larger size.
Let’s go through the different methods. In case you are having problems getting your external hard drive to show up in
Windows, read my article on how to change the drive letter for an external drive in Windows.
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https://www.online-tech-tips.com/com...ive-to-fat-32/
 
  


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