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Old 04-17-2004, 04:09 AM   #1
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Partion problem


My friend recently got an old computer from work. It was part of a network, using Novell and Win 98. There is a 40GB hard-drive. It has a c: and d: . He said he can't get rid of the old system.
I tried format c: under dos, worked fine. But nothing can get rid of d:. We tried fdisk, format, del *.*, it just won't go away. It has one file winsetup.swp.
I said I would bring my Linux cds next week.
Will disk druid be able to do the trick??
How do I do the dirty on d:??
 
Old 04-17-2004, 10:05 AM   #2
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boot from a linux cd and then do fdisk and you should be able to delete it...
 
Old 04-17-2004, 11:20 AM   #3
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Don't know why DOS fdisk wouldn't work. You have to select delete logical partition.
 
Old 04-17-2004, 11:33 AM   #4
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You need to know formatting doesn't delete a partition (c: / d, it just removes the contents of a partition.

If fdisk can't delete it, try fdisk \mbr (I think it was).

But what do you want? Do you want to get rid of the windows-partitions and install linux or do you want to reinstall windows (then this would be the wrong forum).

If you want to install linux, I would suggest using the partitioning program from your installer...
 
Old 04-17-2004, 12:28 PM   #5
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its format /mbr but it does nothing anymore, and he isnt trying to format his master boot record.

www.knoppix.net
www.gentoo.org (get the live cd)
http://www.lnx-bbc.org/

as the above reader said, use fdisk with any of these livecds. I do believe the gentoo distro has partimage installed which may help i cant remeber if partimage has partition deleting options or not <dot dot dot> its worth a try.
 
Old 04-18-2004, 04:36 AM   #6
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Well thanks for the tips. I'll stick my Fedora cd in. See if that does the trick.
We tried all options of fdisk, ie the numbers 1 to 4.
Didn't know about fdisk /mbr though
And format d: wouldn't even start.
Can't do anything til Tuesday.
 
Old 04-18-2004, 11:25 PM   #7
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windows fdisk and linux fdisk are 2 completely diffrent things.
thats why i suggest the linux lives cds.
 
Old 04-24-2004, 03:53 AM   #8
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Well we got the bugger: ran SuSe Live Eval from cd, and remade a vfat partion, then my friend could install his Win 98. Why he wanted to do that I don't know!!

So Linux triumphed, whatever way you look at it!
 
  


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