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  1. #1

    How does one format with knoppix 5?

    Sorry if this is terribly n00bish, but I seem to have messed up my hal.dll while trying to upgrad to xp pro and can't boot xp anymore.

    Running of Knoppix 5 right now. Tried the repair installation, but it freezes up.

    I'm utterly fed up and I don't want to format my entire drive, seeing as I did so Friday 23rd, spending the rest of the week fixing my system back to speed.

    Please tell me there is a way to format only the drive I have my OS on.....

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    It could be possible, if you are talking about formatting a single partition, other than the partition that houses your OS.

    From knoppix,
    1) open a terminal
    2) switch to root:
    $ su -
    3) get the partition structure of your hard disk:
    # fdisk -l /dev/hda
    ^ it's probably hda, but I really can't be sure... so, if you get nothing, try hdb, hdc, hdd, sda, sdb, sdc, sdd. btw, the -l is a "lowercase L."

    Post the info from fdisk on this site.

    Truly, I'm not quite sure what you are trying to do. So, any additional information would help.

    Take care.

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    Linux Guru bigtomrodney's Avatar
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    You can use QTparted or Gparted from the Knoppix disc to go in and edit your partitions. It is very similar to Partition Magic. You can also just format the partition in question during a fresh XP install, though it is more command based, and not very visual.

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    Thanks alot ppoteete

    However, I just got fed up and formatted the OS partition.

    I could'nt find QTparted in the knoppix tools...

    Only found Kdiskfree

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    No problemo. Happens to the best...

    In the future, you may want to check-out:

    I hope that your OS journeys go well.

    All the best.

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    Ah I see, that link put everything into perspective.

    Thanks again.

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