Re: How to format screwed-up hard drive and reinstall OS.
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When you boot to the cd, is it really booting from the cd, or just going
directly to the HD?
You may need to go into the BIOS and set the boot device to CD. You
may be able to press F-12 during the initial system start to pick a new
boot device. If you get to the grub screen, you've gone too far before
pressing F12. Usually, it's shortly after the memory check is done.
Around Tue, Nov 15, 2005 at 11:01:06AM -0800, peter wu, wrote:
> Thank you very much for your kind, quick reply. However, when I tried
> to boot from Windows CD (reinstallation! CD that came w/ Dell
> computer), it brings me back to GRUB. Seems to me that I may require
> some sort of serious reformatting? My question is... how?
> I tried a few things suggested by kind folks here (see threads below),
> but it seems old Linux cannot be recovered. Partition seems to be
> quite severely damaged.
> If you boot to the Windows CD, you should be able to repartition
> drive with the utility during the install process.
> I've had best luck installing windows first, then doing the linux
> install second. (when I want a dual boot machine that is).
> Have you tried booting from the linux cd? Perhaps the old linux
> is still there! , and it just needs a reconfiguration of grub?
> Around Tue, Nov 15, 2005 at 10:30:33AM -0800, peter wu, wrote:
> ! > Hi,
> > I have a dual-boot system (WinXP & Linux), but during further
> > partitioning, for some reason it got really hosed up. Now I lost
> > access to Linux, and I can only boot to WinXP from GRUB. So, I
> need to
> > format the hard drive and reinstall Windows, but the
> > method provided by Dell (my computer manufacturer) doesn't work
> on the
> > machine. Where can I find help for formatting screwed-up hard
> > and reinstalling Windows?
> > Thanks for your help, in advance.
> > --peter
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