I am having two hard disks(20GB and 80GB).
One having Linux installed and other Win XP.
I would switch to either of the OS by plugging the power cord to the HDD
and unplugging the other.(to avoid conflicts between the OSes)
When i connect both power cords and boot to XP I can't see
the 20GB HDD(maybe coz' its using different File System)
Now the problem is i want to format 20GB HD(having Linux installed)
so that i could use it in win XP.
How can I do this?.
Thanks in advance.
As far as I'm aware there should be no conflicts if you use for example GRUB to do the boot-loading of either Windows or Linux - I have used that for about half a year or so on my office machine at last employers.
Linux will be able to see NTFS disks, but can't write new files, so I doubt this will cause a problem. Windows can't even see Linux type file-systems, so definitely shouldn't cause a problem.
Repartition it with window's disk manager, or get a 3rd party partitioner like Gparted.
Control Panel -> Administrative tools -> Computer management -> Disk management
Alternatively, you can get http://www.fs-driver.org/ if you want to read off the linux partition.
Hi guys thanks for replying.
I tried both the options.
Disk Management shows only the 80GB harddisk.
The fs-driver s/w says it is not able to find any Linux partitions.
Still the Linux Harddisk(20 GB) is not visible in Win XP
although BIOS detects both hard disks.
Sorry, I misread your original post. Yes, I think you will have to remove the file-system from your Linux disk so that Windows doesn't think "Hmm, this is a filesystem I don't know of, lets hide it for now".
How can i remove the Linux filesystem.
I want to format it.
But I can't do it while i'm in the Linux itself.Can I?
I don't know if you can use FDISK in Windows to do it - if not, boot from a Linux CD-ROM and use "fdisk" in the "recovery mode" (or some such).
Thanks Matsp.I'll try that.
I tried using fdisk.
fdisk shows only 8 GB of the 20GB and i wasn't able to format it.
Is there any solutions to format a Linux Hard disk?
Use a commercial quality partition manager then? Like Gparted, get the Gparted live-cd.
thanks a lot zacs7.
The file seems to be an iso
Is there any s/w for making a bootable Live CD from an ISO?
Yes, burn it to CD, using some burning software. Nero can do it if you've got it... Otherwise k3b if you're on Linux.
I did a search on sf.net and found http://sourceforge.net/projects/cdrtfe/ It looks okay, and seems to burn Images (ISO)
Gparted is a really handy tool to have either way.
thanks again Matsp.
I have nero.
What option should i use in Nero?
i)As a Data CD
ii)As a Bootable CD
Can't say :( Been a while since I've used Nero.
Do it as a data CD because the ISO will already have the bootable stuff in it, there should be a burn image to disk option somewhere. Make sure you burn it as an image, DON'T just chuck the ISO onto a data disk, or else it won't work.
I hope it works.
Thanks you very much Zacs7.