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Re: Another FC4 installation problem



On 6/24/05, Charles Curley <charlescurley charlescurley com> wrote:
> On Thu, Jun 23, 2005 at 08:40:45PM +0200, Dotan Cohen wrote:
> > On 6/23/05, M A Young <m a young durham ac uk> wrote:
> > > On Thu, 23 Jun 2005, Dotan Cohen wrote:
> > >
> 
> 
> >
> > I think that I managed to format the entire drive in fdisk, but the
> > problem persists. I thought that I had erased hda2, but it still
> > complains.
> 
> fdisk does not format drives.
> 
> >
> > What is the fool-proof way of formating an old hard disk before install?
> 
> You should not need to format (low level format, i.e. lay down track
> and sector information on the medium) your hard drive. Ever.
> 
> What you probaably want to do is clobber the partition table so you
> can start over.
> 
> * Use fdisk and delete one partition at a time untill you've deleted
>   all of them.
> 
> * Use dd to write 0s to the partition table. Something like this
>   should do it:
> 
>   dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/hda bs=512 count=2 ; sync
> 
> Do this from some other linux, like a floppy distribution
> (e.g. tomsrtbt) or a live CD distribution.
> 
> 
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Thanks. I managed to do it in qtparted with knoppix, but I will
certainly remember your advise for next time. I´m man dd now...

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