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Old 11-20-2004, 06:18 PM   #1
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MBR Removal

Hello all!! I tried out Knoppix on my XP box last night, and it worked great, but Windows was unhappy on the next bootup. Anyway...I thoroughly demolished the Windows MBR and decided to just go ahead and install RH 9.0 and quit Windows altogether.

The RH install went well, but I had no video when it was all said and done. BUMMER. Needing the Internet to proceed, I then decided to reinstall Windows XP. Windows XP got really confused by all of the things RH did to the hard drive, and refused to install....OH BOY...I AM SOOOOO CLOSE TO BEING FREE OF WINDOWS.....but not just yet.

What I did is this: I installed an old 4.3 G western Digital hdd I had lying around and installed XP on that. I took the hdd with the Linux MBR and put it on the primary slave connection. Windows boots fine, but it doesn't quite see the second drive; I see it in the device manager, but it has no drive letter.

I've seen lots of posts on restoring the primary drive; this situation is probably easier...BUT I'M A LITTLE GUN SHY RIGHT do I wipe out the MBR on the second drive and make it usable?

Should I wait till I build my Linux box next week? Or is there a way to do this without offending Windows?
Old 11-20-2004, 06:23 PM   #2
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Your other disk won't be visible to windows because it contains either a reiserFS or ext3 filesystem. Windows can only see FAT or NTFS. You need to run fdisk, remove whatever partitions are present and then create a large FAT32 partition and format it.

You're a little rash in deleting Red Hat just because it has no display! That's usually an easy problem to solve...just run xf86config and choose the right settings.
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well to erase the MBR you can boot from a bootable windows 98 floppy disk and from teh command prompt just type a:/ fdisk mbr . Only your linux installed hard disk should be made as promary at this time. Just remove your 4.3 hdd from the system and do this and it will do it correctley. After that boot the machen from the 4.3 gb and you can right click the my computer icon and go to the mange option. Under that u will fidn something called disk controler or something and when ya clikc that you will see you hdd right click and delete the partions in there. and you got your hdd back so u can create fat32 or ntfs partion over ther. hope this will jelp u or u can let us know know your next result after this. before jumping into the linux do some explore about your machine. right down every detail you can get about your machine. Eg : vga card details monitor frequency details ....cause those are valuable ones when it comes to troubleshooting the linux. I went onthe quick jump and learend these things later so I'll hope this will help u in somehow.


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