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Removing Linux from HDD

Can anyone help with getting rid of linux signature on a harddrive so I can use dos Fdisk to repartition it. It is a WD 12GIG . I used WD utility to write zero's to it but still does not let Fdisk see it. I have tried DRDOS Fdisk in expert mode too and does not see HDD. I installed Mandrake 7.0 on the whole HDD and now want to remove to dual boot with NT. I even tried re-install of Mandrake to remove linux partitions but Fdisk still will not see HDD.    Any help would be greatly appreciated
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Charles31651
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larry_eisensteinCommented:
Linux is still in the Master Boot Record possibly, but the Zero utility should have got rid of it.

Try this anyway.
Boot to a DOS/Windows disk w/ fdisk on it.

Run: fdisk /mbr


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modulusCommented:
Have you got LILO installed?  If so then:
/sbin/lilo -u /dev/hda

Replacing /dev/hda with wherever you installed.  This will copy the original Master Boot Record (MBR) back.
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rtheriotCommented:
boot to dos

fun dfdisk c: /mbr

if that doesnt work,
try running a linux 6.x install
when you get to the partitioning
portion, use the intsall programs fdisk or disk druid to wipe out all partitions
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crojasCommented:
Get a utility called aefdisk from www.bootdisk.com to delete any Linux partition, and make a /mbr with aefdisk. This will solve your problem.
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Charles31651Author Commented:
Bootdisk.com looks like an excellent resource site,will try it soon, thanks to all for input. This experts site is in another universe compared to any other support site i've used.
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wallerpCommented:
You can run "fdisk /mbr" perhaps ?
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tzangerCommented:
Why not just boot linux (from hdd or floppy or CD) and do

dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/hda bs=512 count=1

that zeroes out the MBR.  now the drive "looks" completely empty and you should have no trouble whatsoever installing whatever it is you want on it.

you can do the same thing from DOS with a bit of DEBUG code (ask if you want it)
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