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Old 06-22-2004, 08:37 PM   #1
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Will I corrupt my Windows partition...

Hi I've got a Sony VAIO RZ something if anyone answering my questions need the info or specs I can give them. But my question is it's dual booted right now with Windows and RedHat 9.0. Windows is the first partition then Linux, then the swap space. The boot load is grub 2, I had windows installed before I installed Red Hat. Somehow I lost my root password and I want to reinstall Linux. I was wondering is there any chance it will stop me from accessing the Windows partition? And should delete the Linux paritions before installing with Partition Magic or should I let RH remove the Linux partition and reinstall another one on top of it. Any more information that anyone here needs please just mention it and I'll get it for you.

Thanks in advance,
Old 06-22-2004, 08:46 PM   #2
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Just reinstall RedHat 9, it shouldn't touch your windows partition unless you tell it to. It will reinstall GRUB.
Don't bother with Partition Magic, just let the redhat installer install linux over the existing linux partitions. If you want to adjust the linux partitions, you can do this from the redhat installer, but don't try to resize your windows partition as this probably will result in data loss.

I hope this helps
Old 06-22-2004, 08:49 PM   #3
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No I'm not trying to resize anything the ammount of space I have allocated for each is what I want. I just wanted to make sure reinstalling RH now won't overwrite the MBR or something and cause me not to access my Windows partition. Well thansk for the help and as long as thats not a risk which I hope someone could tell me I will be reinstalling shortly.

Thanks again,
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You do not have to reinstall the OS just because you forgot the root password.

If I am too late then at least you will know next time.


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