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I instaaled linux on a pc with a new disk and now i want to install win95 again , but i cant remove the partition using the regular win95 fdisk it keep telling me the is a logical drive in the extended drive and wont delete the extended drive ???
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fdisk /MBR
If Win95 is still too stupid to repartition use DOS' fdisk.
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by:jhui
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besides the "fdisk /mbr" to remove the lilo of the Harddisk.
I think the "fdisk" should regonize the linux partition as NON-DOS partition instead of EXTENDED parition.

regards,
James.

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by:evansnf
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Simple, FDISK IS too dumb to recognize any of this all. Use the one in linux itself. Pop the Linux (REDHAT)start the setup, when u get to the Linux fdisk or Disk Druid part, use that to take off the partition. And then abort and reboot. That's all. I did this n number of times.
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by:ahoffmann
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Well, if you boot into Linux, you also may restore the original MBR (usually in /root/boot* ), and then clean the partitions also ;-)
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by:evansnf
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MBR is written in the final step of the Linux installation. So even if you use the Linux fdisk or Disk Druid during the set up phase, there's no risk of writing to the MBR. Try it. & fall back.
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by:evansnf
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U don't have to boot into Linux as I have said earlier, In fact what I did was I used the Redhat CD to start up the installation of Linux and reached the part where the system asked me for the partition I want to Install Linux native on. All I did was use this to delete the already existing Linux Native partition. And for the MBR, when you install Win95, It writes to it on it own.
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by:rotal
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I managed to delete the linux paetition using the redhat boot diskett , then i created a dos partition and formated it with win98 system but when i boot the machine with that hard disk i get the "LI" out of the LILO BOOT masssage and the machine stops.....
any segestion ?
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by:ahoffmann
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installing M$ probably destroyed the MBR and/or the partition table, or it removed parts of your linux.
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by:evansnf
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Now do what jhui said!!!
"fdisk /mbr" to remove the lilo of the Harddisk.
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