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I have a 10 gig Western Digital HD that I use for "test runs" of various Linux distros. I am trying to Fdisk & Format this drive back to the ...
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- 03-23-2006 #1
Hard Drive With "Non-Removable" Partitions
I have a 10 gig Western Digital HD that I use for "test runs" of various Linux distros. I am trying to Fdisk & Format this drive back to the full 10 gigs using a Win98SE boot floppy.
Fdisk shows the folloiwing:
C: 1 PRI DOS 5726 MB
__2 EXT DOS 4055 MB
____(There are no Logical Drives)
But when I try to remove the PRI DOS partition I get the message "Cannot remove PRI DOS partition with an EXT DOS partition".
When I try to remove the EXT DOS partition I get the message "Cannot remove EXT DOS partition with Logical Drive".
When I try to remove the Logical Drive I get the message "There are NO Logical Drives".
I suspect what DOS is calling a "Logical Drive" is a left over Linux Swap partition. DOS/Win98SE "knows something is there" it just can't identify it.
I had this problem before on other Linux HD's I just can't remember how I solved it.
Any suggestions/advice would be appreciated !!!
- 03-23-2006 #2
does qparted from a knoppix cd work?
make sure the c is the active partition i had the same problem once and can't remember exactly what i did, but think it had something to do with the order i deleted each partition.Desktop: Dual Xeon 2.8 GHz 1.5 GB RAM Ubuntu/XP Pro
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- 03-24-2006 #3
Another thing you could try is the delpart tool.
Just go here,
Put this onto your Win98 floppy, boot with it.
When you get to the A: prompt, type "delpart"
Now you will be able to delete any partitions.How to know if you are a geek.
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