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Old 09-24-2003, 07:50 PM   #1
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uninstalling rh 9

I want to uninstall rh9. I have it on a seperate harddrive been when I reboot it hangs on the GRUB line. How do I delete this from my primary harddrive which has xp on it.
Old 09-24-2003, 08:04 PM   #2
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You will need to restore the master boot record (MBR) so that it points to the first partition on the drive, rather than the Linux boot partition.

I've not touched XP, so I don't know for sure how to do it there. It used to be "fdisk /mbr" at a DOS prompt. It might be in the Control Panel, disk management tool. Or, it might take booting from the XP CD and booting into recovery mode.
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After removing Linux from a dual boot environment it's necessary to reformat the Master Boot Record with Windows fdisk command to restore the default Windows bootloader. The command can be run from any Windows boot disk and is 'fdisk /mbr'
Old 09-28-2003, 06:49 AM   #4
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I am going thru the same thing at the mo and trying to work it out..... I am very compentent with Win2k WinXP and Win9x the fdisk command is for use with the FAT (File Allocation Table) file system and is not included with NTFS (New Technology File System) based OS as FAT and NTFS work in deferant ways, I am working on finding a better way that doing a repear install of xp but at the mo that is the only way I can find of doing this.
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Re: uninstalling rh 9

Originally posted by term789
I want to uninstall rh9. I have it on a seperate harddrive been when I reboot it hangs on the GRUB line. How do I delete this from my primary harddrive which has xp on it.
So why don't you edit your grub configuration so that it takes Windoze as the default? Or did you already delete redhat's boot partition which contains grub.conf file in the grub directory? I would keep grub since I would expect you'll be wanting a new linux on your second hard drive and grub is (in my experience) a very fine bootloader. One can make a grub boot floppy too, very useful for fixing this sort of problem.
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Got It!!

To sort this little problem you boot from the XP CD and when the first set of options apper you select repear install from recovery consolt or whatever it says .... I know it is at the first options and is the letter 'R' it will nex prompt you for your administrator password, type that in and hit enter, next type in 'FIXMBR' it will ask you to conferm witch is just a mator of pressing 'Y' or 'N' then enter then type exit and the system will reboot (don't forget to remove your XP disc... this is not nesosery but is good practise)

Hay Presto! your now booting in to XP with the origanal XP Boot Loader!

All you need to do now is remove the linux partishons with somthing like Partishon Magic..... DO NOT USE WINDOWS TO REMOVE LINUX PARTISHONS!!! as windows will say it has removed them but it won't! I have some tools that will let you write 0s to the drive to totaly remove any data.

I aplogise for any bad spelling on acount that I'm dislexic

If you what the tools then drop me an e-mail @
it may take a while for me to reply as this is not my main e-mail but I WILL reply.

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