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Old 07-30-2004, 10:20 PM   #1
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mandrake 9.1 question


I have a 120gb Windows XP
Then a 14gb Mandrake 9.1

The Mandrake kernal is messed up so it wont boot linux so i just go from lilo to XP

Now my question is. How do i format the HDD w/ linux on it from the XP. or if there is another way

FYI: I have no floppy drive.
 
Old 07-31-2004, 05:00 AM   #2
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Boot the windoze CD. You need like a rescue mode thing. You should get a prompt like DOS. Type in

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fdisk /mbr
That will take lilo off the MBR. As for patitioning after that, you should be able to run fdisk from that same prompt. Make SURE you get the right drive though. Something like fdisk d: or something to that effect.

I'm not a windoze expert, see sig below, but since noone else would answer, mine may be better than nothing.

Hope that helps.

 
Old 07-31-2004, 08:21 AM   #3
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Depends what you want to do wth the linux partition. If you want to put another linux distro there, just install as usual, the partition will be formatted as part of the installation.

If you're planning to use it for windows, do as dalek suggested, except use "fixmbr" intead of "fdisk /mbr" (fixmbr is native to XP). That will wipe out the linux bootloader and should restore the XP loader
 
Old 07-31-2004, 07:05 PM   #4
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Quote:
Originally posted by mdg

If you're planning to use it for windows, do as dalek suggested, except use "fixmbr" intead of "fdisk /mbr" (fixmbr is native to XP). That will wipe out the linux bootloader and should restore the XP loader
True. XP has a different command. Shows you how much I mess with XP huh?

As a matter of fact, I'm converting a local business to Linux. I'm doing as much of the install and compile on my rig and then just transfer the drive to theirs. Got a few bugs to work out but it is coming along.

Maybe the bump helped.

 
  


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