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Old 12-18-2005, 05:03 AM   #1
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partitioning and bootloader problem


I am a impressing person with using linux Fedora 3. Yesterday one of my friend came with a laptop (IBM Thinkpad A31). I showed him FD3 but he preferred mandrake linux. So I tried to install Powerpack edition 9. But it is not opening. So I installed the FC3 in his last Windows drive. But he did not like it. So I tried to get back his last windows drive (which in now at extd3 formatted) so I installed Powerquest Partition magic 8. But it is not still running and said partition error. So I need another tools or way to get back his fat32 drive and also to get the previous boot method (I mean to get rid from Grab). Please give me a quick and detail solution, otherwise he will kill me.
 
Old 12-18-2005, 05:08 AM   #2
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Windows/DOS boot floppy.

Type fdisk /mbr

If using LILO, then /sbin/lilo -u

Or both if you're feeling confused.
 
Old 12-18-2005, 05:14 AM   #3
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thanks.I will do that.
but how can I get that 10gb drive (ext3)as a fat32 to use the drive under XP.
 
Old 12-18-2005, 05:29 AM   #4
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Your description is not very clear. If you have a fat32 partition, and a separate ext3 partition, then windows will now be able to see the fat32 partition. If you formated the entire disk, then you will need to format it again when reinstalling windows. Which, I suppose, is when your friend will stab you in the head with a spoon.
 
Old 12-18-2005, 05:47 AM   #5
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"... Stab you in the head with a spoon" LOL

Hey I had that problem too. I use slackware so I booted
with slack and used fdisk to change the ID of the partition
If I'm not mistaken it was the -t option.

-W
 
Old 12-18-2005, 02:22 PM   #6
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Old 12-25-2005, 06:30 AM   #7
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Thanks guys, you are very helpful. Thoreau, I want to format the ext3 as a fat32, because I need more space under Windows. But I donít want to change my other windows drives except ext3 one.
 
Old 12-28-2005, 11:34 PM   #8
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After you do the fdisk /mbr, you will boot to windows. At which point you can format the partition to any windows filesystem you wish.
 
  


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