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OnDborder

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Ok, here's the problem..
I had 98se on the first 6.5gig on the drive and redhat 7 on the rest of a 60 gig.
I did "fdisk", it asked the y and n question for hd size, I choose y.
Nothing happened, blank, black screen with the cursor blinking in theupper left corner.
So I formatted c:, it only did the 6.5 of win98se.
So then I fdisk /mbr
Then format c: again, still only 6.5gig recognized.
Fdisk again, still no action.
What's up with this??

Help:confused:
 

David

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OnDborder said:
Ok, here's the problem..
I had 98se on the first 6.5gig on the drive and redhat 7 on the rest of a 60 gig.
I did "fdisk", it asked the y and n question for hd size, I choose y.
Nothing happened, blank, black screen with the cursor blinking in theupper left corner.
So I formatted c:, it only did the 6.5 of win98se.
So then I fdisk /mbr
Then format c: again, still only 6.5gig recognized.
Fdisk again, still no action.
What's up with this??

Help:confused:

What were you trying to do?
I don't see why fdisk crashed, but why did you format c:? Are you trying to remove RedHat?
 
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OnDborder

OnDborder

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I was going to format the entire drive to sell to somebody.
I reinstalled win98 and partionmagic.
When I tried to run Partionmagic I got an error 117.
So then I looked into the PM partion info, I had 2 errors on the Linux drive and on (I forgot I did this) d:drive.
C:drive no errors
Linux 2 errors
D:2 errors

So now I'm reformatting d drive.
Is there anything I can do with the Linux?
 

David

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The easiest option to reformat and repartition that drive would be involving linux fdisk - delete both partitions and make one new one, then reboot and format the new partition in DOS.
 

David

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OnDborder said:
Linux fdisk?
How?
Would I have to reinstall Redhat? I ran fdisk mbr.
You wont be able to boot linux if you trashed the mbr :rolleyes:

Try booting off of the Redhat Install CD and starting the rescue system. Type fdisk and press enter. Type h for help and p to display partition table. The help screen should tell you how to remove partitions - I cant remember the commands off the top of my head.
 

David

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Remove both partitions and make one new big one. reboot to dos and format the partition as FAT32, ready to sell.
 
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OnDborder

OnDborder

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There are actually 3 partitions c, d , linux.

Remove partitions through linux?
Ok, how?
I tried to fdisk through DOS in the beginning and it didn't work. All I got was a blinking cursor.
 

Samurai_Punch

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You could always do a low level format... sounds like fun... if not extremely boring... your motherboard's bios may have an option to run a low level format, or there may also be one included w/ the hdd when you bought it... or from the hdd's manufacturer's site
 

David

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OK. In linux type:
fdisk

Press
h
and then enter.

That will start fdisk for linux and display the help screen.

Or for easier use try:
cfdisk

Although you may not have cfdisk.