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Old 03-25-2006, 06:18 AM   #1
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Wink I am having difficulty in removing partitions


I have partitioned my hard disk for Windows 98 and Linux and have been using this system without problems. The system has become slow and I have therefore decided to re-install my operating systems.

I have tried to remove the partitions using FDISK, I have removed the non dos partitions. However, I cannot remove the remaining dos partitions, I have tried to remove the partitions with the following options :

If I use remove preliminary dos partition the system tells me to first remove extended dos partitions.
If I try to remove extended dos partitions the system tells me to remove logical drives.
If I try to remove logical drives the system tells me that there are no logical drives.

I created the partitions using the Druid facility on the Linux CD-Rom. I have tried to boot this disk but have trouble booting this disk.

Does any body know of a program that could remove the partitions, or where I can obtain Red Hat linux on a floppy so that I could Boot from the floppy and use Druid to remove the partitions.

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Old 03-25-2006, 06:26 AM   #2
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have you tried

perhaps try fdisk/mbr then this may nuke what you have then be able to do partitioning...
Old 03-25-2006, 06:29 AM   #3
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First, do you know why the system is slowing down? eg it could be that the disk(s) are getting full--or that your RAM is marginal.

Some people say that you need to re-install Windows once per year--thus your plan is not a bad one. Before re-installing, is it maybe time for a bigger hard drive? Personally, I would not go to all this trouble without at least an 80GB drive (~$50)---bigger if you have a lot of large files.

Another thing to consider is setting up the partitions with relatively modest sizes for the 2 OSes, and then a FAT32 partition for sharing data. If Win98 uses FAT32, then this idea is inoperative.

Normally, the installer will do all the partitioning, but to clean things off first, you can use something like the "Ultimate Boot CD" (google will find it) or DBAN (Darik's boot and nuke--avail. from sourceforge)
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Originally Posted by richieboy
Does any body know of a program that could remove the partitions,
Using the fdisk program you can find in any live distro you can install a new empty partition table, no matter how complex or damaged is your current partition table. Just run fdisk on your disk, them choose the option "o" which create a empty partition table. After that, you can leave that way to the new os installation program to handle with it, or create as many partitions you like.

Is a good idea to have in your tool box a live cd to help you when your system is broken.



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