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Thread: linux kills my windows and I cant reinstall : help

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    adamsmill
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    linux kills my windows and I cant reinstall : help

    Installed redhat 7.2 on slave hard drive using pqmagic to make linux partition. Linux went in OK, and I made a boot disk for dual boot. However, I found the master hard drive was wiped clean. I don't know what I did wrong. Tried to reinstall windows using windows boot disk and win 95 cd, but c: drive was inaccessable. Switched master and slave drives. Could access new c: drive OK. Attempted to install win again on new master drive. Get message: 'win found compressed volume or disk cache utility', which must be removed. Have no idea how to do this. Tried fdisk /mbr as book recommended to no effect. Tried installing win 95 anyway, but on booting to complete install, get: error while initializing device IOS, win protection error. I am essentially shut out of my computer. What do I do? Is this a masterbootrecord error? None of the six thick books on dos and windows in my collection mention this term. And, finally, linux no longer works: kernel error. Help anyone.

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    Aaron_Adams
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    Re:linux kills my windows and I cant reinstall : help

    It's usually less of a hassle to install windows first, as it is often anal about other Operation Systems being installed on a hard drive. My thoughts would be to format all the partitions and install windows first. If you can't use the fdisk utilitie from a Win bootdisk, you could always use a bootable Linux cd. As far as I know it is possible to get into a console to access fdisk from the RedHat cds, but I can't remember how offhand. Someone on here should know though, or you could try and look on google. (You can boot into a console on the slackware cd, which is what I use... not sure which other distros have it off hand)

    Welcome to GLO!

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    LiNuts
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    Re:linux kills my windows and I cant reinstall : help

    My thought is that you probably removed the system files from the original Master h/dd, thats why your boot disk couldn't find the C drive. Instead of switching the drives i would have booted from the bootdisk, and at the A: prompt typed in "sys C:" this would have transfered the system files from the boot disk to the C drive.

    Then you would only have had to do the "fdisk /mbr " command. As i havent used pqmagick to partition a disk, i cannot comment on what you actually did. but my guess is windows is still installed on the original C drive. and once the mbr has been re-initialised it should boot.

    But Aaron_Adams is correct in stating that if you do decide to repartition and format then install windows first. ( and on the primary master drive - that way you should have no trouble with the mbr)

    Cheers
    LiNuts

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    Re:linux kills my windows and I cant reinstall : help

    linux killing winblows, i wish it did that for me! :P

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    cindir
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    Re:linux kills my windows and I cant reinstall : help

    linux kills my windows and I cant reinstall
    So what seems to be the prolbem then?
    ;D

  6. #6
    Spot
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    Re:linux kills my windows and I cant reinstall : help

    Quote Originally Posted by cindir
    linux kills my windows and I cant reinstall
    So what seems to be the prolbem then?
    ;D
    was thinking along those lines myself :P

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    JimH
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    Re:linux kills my windows and I cant reinstall : help

    Hmm, sounds like some one selected the partitioning option that warns "This is ERASE ALL DATA ON ALL DRIVES. Are you sure you want to continue?"

    Jim H

  8. #8
    farfrompuken
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    Re:linux kills my windows and I cant reinstall : help

    Okay, I'm about to install Red Hat on a brand new laptop.

    I would eventually like to ditch windows.

    How do I do that?

    Newbie extremeoid.................

  9. #9

    Re:linux kills my windows and I cant reinstall : help

    this would probally be better as a new thread.
    there have been a few questions about this on the board, too.
    it might pay to have a browse/search before, too
    whatdoyougetwhenyoumultiplysixbynine??

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