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aabeeikora 08-02-2003 01:37 PM

problems with formatting second disc after removing grub from mbr
hi everyone!

i have uninstalled grub from mbr (via xpīs recovery console), and now i canīt format my second harddrive (the one which i had linux mandrake on).

i did see the warning of course, in windows xp recovery console - that overwriting the "non-standard" functioning mbr might lead to accessproblems, but i chose to ignore that...

my problem is that i want to format my second drive into ntfs-file system, and now i wonder: do i have to reinstall grub in order to do that - to make it accessible from xp, and then format it before i remove grub? or is there any other way around this? thanx for help

TheWalkingDead 08-02-2003 01:40 PM

how are you trying to format the drive? you do not need to reinstall grub. that would just cause more headaches! if all else fails just use fdisk to delete the partitions on your second drive and make new ones and format them.

aabeeikora 08-02-2003 02:05 PM

i have very little experience on formatting harddrives (only through various linux installations), but to answer your question: i used the built-in tool in windows xp, logical disc manager. i began by removing all linux-partitions, and then i just created one big partition (hm, maybe too big?). after formatting the 74gb drive for a long time, up until 100%, i got a message that the formatting could not be completed.

can i use the recovery console to format, or fdisk (but that doesnīt work in xp, does it?)

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