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    Formating/Partioning a Hard drive

    I never seem able to just wipe a hard drive and partition it the way I want using Knoppix.

    I feel it should be easy to put a Knoppix CD in and wipe the hard drive and start again with what I want (Normally an NTFS Partition for Windows and a FAT32 to receive a Ghost image from another machine).

    But I seem to always run into problems using QTParted - it won't let be delete partitions or move them or something

    I try for an hour then give up and just use Acronis from a boot floppy (it was free on a cover disc a few years ago).

    But I feel it is either very simple to do this and I'm stupid (no comments from my Lancs colleagues please) or I've found Linux's dark secret - it can't just wipe a hard drive and start again.

    I've googled and read HOWTOs untill I'm blue in the face but of course most info tells you how to set up a Linux filesystem and assumes you have a blank disc to start with - my discs come with pre-installed Windows XP in funny hiiden partitions

    Any help gratefully received.

    regards
    Simon

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    Re: Formating/Partioning a Hard drive

    Why aren't you using FDISK off a floppy like everyone else (or indeed just using the Windows installation disc to repartition the disc)?

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    Re: Formating/Partioning a Hard drive

    yep, fdisk on Linux or Windows is what you want.

    If you want it idiot proof, invest in a copy of partition magic.

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    Re: Formating/Partioning a Hard drive

    "Use Fdisk or Partition Manager"

    Yes - they work fine.

    I just feel there must be another way.

    "fdisk on Linux"

    I haven't been able to find a simple instruction that says run fdisk, press m and then press ??? to wipe the disc and start again

    regards

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    Re: Formating/Partioning a Hard drive

    In my experience there has always usually been a folder on the distro I have been using called dos tools or something with Fdisk in and other tools to get you started.

    Came across this while I was double checking. Certainly made me chortle

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    Re: Formating/Partioning a Hard drive

    I haven't been able to find a simple instruction that says run fdisk, press m and then press ??? to wipe the disc and start again
    Run fdisk <device> (Where device is something like /dev/hda)

    'p' prints the current partition table setup.
    'd' delete's partitions,
    'n' creates new partitions.
    'a' makes a partition bootable.
    't' sets the partition type (press 'l' to get a list).
    'w' writes out the partition table.
    'q' quits without writing the table.

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    Re: Formating/Partioning a Hard drive

    @Geoff
    OK - I'll try again next time I need to do this

    regards
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    Re: Formating/Partioning a Hard drive

    Well I've some new laptops so I decided to try again!

    I used cfdisk (which seems to be a front-end thingy for fdisk) and it seemed to work OK - I could delete all the partitions and create new ones.

    However, I've found I have to re-boot once I've made the changes otherwise Knoppix doesn't realise what's happened and gets terribly confused.

    Once this is done - everthing is fine.

    regards

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    Re: Formating/Partioning a Hard drive

    you should be able to do a 'sync' from the command line on the disk and knoppix will figure out whats going on without a reboot.

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    Re: Formating/Partioning a Hard drive

    Ta
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