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Old 06-01-2003, 06:04 PM   #1
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Uninstalling Redhat Linux :'(


I recently installed linux on my sisters computer, The primary os is windows (because my mom and sisters arent to computer savy), and i find that im constantly running out of room, i have linux sitting on an 80gig drive with almost nothing on it.... so i want to uninstall linux and just do the windows thing (or rather thats what they want me to do). so my problem isnt as easy as formating the drive, im running a dual boot lilo loader system, and i want to know what steps should be taken to uninstall the lilo loader and return my machine to a single boot windows machine, delete the linux partition on my main drive, and then format the new drive (whats the best way)... any input would be great.

THanx very much. and im sorry to see that they dont want it,
but linux is still strong on the male side of our family...
 
Old 06-01-2003, 06:12 PM   #2
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do fdisk /mbr (with a dos boot disk) to get shot of lilo

do fdisk to remove non-win partition and then recreate the partition as win (fat32) then format it.

Win would see it as drive d:\, e:\ or whatever.
 
Old 06-01-2003, 06:13 PM   #3
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If your RH cd has it, use the rescue feature to format the whole drive back to FAT32, or NTFS for XP.
Use a windows rescue floppy to fdisk /mbr (not a linux version of fdisk), or the slightly different syntax for an XP disk (fixmbr ?).

Cant you partition the 80gigs, say give linux about 10-15 gigs worth?

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Old 06-01-2003, 06:13 PM   #4
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where can i get a dos boot disk
 
Old 06-01-2003, 06:15 PM   #5
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You can make one with windows. Which version do you have?
 
Old 06-01-2003, 06:16 PM   #6
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xp
 
Old 06-01-2003, 06:18 PM   #7
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Never used it It's also the one which doesnt use fdisk /mbr iirc. Can you not boot off it's cd?
 
Old 06-01-2003, 06:18 PM   #8
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off the xp cd
 
Old 06-01-2003, 06:20 PM   #9
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Old 06-01-2003, 06:20 PM   #10
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Yeah off XP's cd. There's quite a few posts around here for the syntax of the (two?) commands to restore your bootloader.

What about that partitioning scheme?
 
Old 06-01-2003, 06:21 PM   #11
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what about it, the main drive (a 30gb) has mostly windows on it, and the 80gb has only windows on it. (is that what you mean?)
 
Old 06-01-2003, 06:22 PM   #12
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theres 5 gb on the 30gb devoted to linux, and 25 or windows
 
Old 06-01-2003, 06:24 PM   #13
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I mean 80 gig is a lot, so why not give the first 60 gigs to XP as NTFS, and then partition the rest for swap and linux file system eg ext3 of a linux install? Might be an idea to leave a small (just a few gigs) as FAT32 so linux can write to XP via that, safely.
 
Old 06-03-2003, 03:01 PM   #14
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NTFS is the way

forget the FAT32 part.
http://linux-ntfs.sourceforge.net/info/redhat.html

There is now an NTFS kernel module for Linux!
Do so at your own risk tho....
 
Old 06-03-2003, 03:08 PM   #15
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The driver in these modules is read-only
Dumb b*stard. Dont confuse everyone, just read the disclaimer.
Again, you might want to use a FAT32 partition as a go-between for now.
 
  


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