Partitioning problem

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    Partitioning problem

    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?.
    Please help.
    Thanks in advance.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.
    Please help.
    Last edited by stevesmithx; 10-03-2007 at 07:22 AM.

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    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".

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    thanks Matsp.
    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?
    Last edited by stevesmithx; 10-03-2007 at 07:27 AM.

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    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).

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    Thanks Matsp.I'll try that.

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    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?
    Please help.

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    Use a commercial quality partition manager then? Like Gparted, get the Gparted live-cd.
    Last edited by zacs7; 10-04-2007 at 05:57 AM.

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    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?

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    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.
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    thanks again Matsp.
    I have nero.
    What option should i use in Nero?
    i)As a Data CD
    ii)As a Bootable CD

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    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.

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    I hope it works.
    Thanks you very much Zacs7.
    [PTO]
    Last edited by stevesmithx; 10-04-2007 at 01:07 PM.

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