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Disk/Partition/Formatting Utility

Could someone recommend a utility for formatting hard disks?  I need one that is (of course) small (i.e. <1.54 mb) and supports as many operating systems as possible.  Must be able to use it to move a single drive from Linux to Windows (all formats) and vice versa.

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SeriousPete
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SeriousPeteAuthor Commented:
Edited text of question.
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Gryphon031198Commented:
Any of the Linux partition utilities should give you the option of creating partitions of both the Linux and FAT types.  Support for FAT prtitions in Linux is available, but I haven't yet found a utility that will aloow you to access Linux prtitions from within Windows.

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cremmeCommented:
If you have the money, you could pick up a commercial utility called Linux-In-Dos. It lets you read the Linux file system and copy files from there to Win95 partitions directly. (You can download a demo of version 0.9 from ZDnet's Software Library or the 1.0 version from CNet.) We haven't run it, but given that there have been thousands of downloads, chances are this Win95 native application works just fine
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SeriousPeteAuthor Commented:
I apologize. I have missled you.  I am looking for a utility to remove all data from a hard disk and then format the disk for use by another OS.  As I am sure you are aware Windows can bring about the need to do this at times (i.e. horks on itself).  FDISK does not suit my needs as it is Windows specific.  I do not need to move files from one OS to the other.  I understand how to move between OS's.  I am looking for a robust (or closest to it) tool for working on hard drives.  I understand this may require more than one tool (if you do suggest more than one).  I am hoping to pick your brains for a utility, as opposed to spending hours searching the sites for one or two or twenty.?
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SunBowCommented:
I am lost on what you want. But.
Get a good Caldera.
Try on its install options.
Play PartitionMagic.
Let us know then what you are looking for.
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swwelshCommented:
What about using a Slackware boot/root combo to do this? A generic kernel bootdisk with ide and scsi support, and a utility disk with linux fdisk and other utilities. I think they still have a rescue disk in the Slackware distributions that may have all the stuff you would need.
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io79Commented:
Try Partition Magic.
Or use WinLinux
http://www.winlinux.net
this linux can be run on the same partition as win.
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cremmeCommented:
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SeriousPeteAuthor Commented:
Guys drop the Linux thought.  What would you use to wipe a hard drive independent of the OS you are about to load on the hard drive.  I should have never mentioned Linux.  But I was trying to avoid someone saying use FDISK to clear the drive before your winFormat it.  This is the same answer you are giving me but for Linux...Duh use the LINUX utility to format the drive.  I am asking for a utility which is platform independent, obviously I am asking the wrong people.  I figured I would at least get a sorry you can't do that you must use the utility provided with the OS you are about to use!

Thanks I will ask someone else,
SeriousPete
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SeriousPeteAuthor Commented:
I am accepting the closest thing to an answer to my question.
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swwelshCommented:
The products that were mentioned, Partition Magic and linux, both support all the file systems you are likely to run into, they both will wipe the drive and make partitions for any OS, and they are both small enough for your needs. If this doesn't answer your question, you didn't ask the right question.
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SunBowCommented:
ditto swwelsh,
Caldera comes w/ two utilities that can run from Windows to do the disk parts from Windows, including Partition Magic.  I did not use that method and don't have Caldera any more so I could not comment on capability of going back & forth from one to the other. I assume SeriousPete was looking for something else. Maybe something like a defrag technique to move things from one 'fat type' to other rather than copy or archive. Or change 'fat -type' for files on the fly.
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