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is there a way i can reformat my harddrive after i installed 6.5 on to it?
i am really new at linux but wish to learn all i can about it.
please help
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There are several ways to reformat your hard drive under linux...

If you wish to reinstall Linux, just run the installation program again.  (Based on the "6.5" version number you put in the site, I am assuming that you are using the Mandrake version of Redhat Linux.)  Make sure that you select the "install" option rather than the upgrade option. Once you have selected the install option, it will ask you where you would like to install Linux (selecting your root (/) partition, etc..).  It will then ask you if you would like to format the partition- just check the box and it will format and do a clean install.

If you just want to format the drive to install Dos/Windows, you will have to approach this a little differently.  You can either get a Linux bootdisk set (such as slackware) that will allow you to get to a command prompt to "fdisk" the drive, or you can run the Mandrake installation program, repartition the drive (just delete all paritions), save your changes and reboot the computer.  Then you will have a blank drive to fdisk and format in Dos/Windows.

--Josh
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