How do I remove W2K Pro?

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  1. AllenD

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    I've tried deleting partitions w/fdisk to reformat and start from scratch. I can only delete primary partition, not secondary where 2k resides in. I've had to do a clean install 2x now due to corrupt boot files w/W2K. Yeah I know I should have created rescue disks but what good is 2k when I have to use them over and over again in a span of a few weeks. Not only has the clean install taken time, but imagine the time I've spent updating everything else w/a 56k modem that tops off at a 36k connection! I've also tried formatting the drive but I get an error message saying the drive doesn't support format. I just want to go back to ME, then try XP next month. Thanks for being patient.
     
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    What are you using to try and delete the partition(s) and what error message are you getting?
     
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    use the 2k CD to go into the setup mode. delete the parititons you want, then exit the setup
     
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    You shouldn't need the W2K disk. If you have FDISK you should be able to delete the partitions fine.

    It could be that Windows 2000 installed itself using the NTFS file system on your second partition. To delete it from FDISK, you need to chose the option "Delete Non-Dos Partition" (or words to that effect).
     
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    Get a Linux boot disk with the Linux FDISK utility. That utility will delete any partition, including logical drives formatted NTFS. The Win9x/ME FDISK utility doesn't know how to deal with NTFS-formatted logical drives. The Linux boot disk is free, readily available, and 100% legal...
     
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