Hard Drive?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by seabass069, Dec 11, 2005.

  1. seabass069 macrumors regular

    Oct 5, 2005
    I have an old Windows machine that I am giving a friend. I had Linux (Fedora) on the hard drive. I took the drive out and connected it to another Windows machine and formated the hard drive. When I put the drive back into the other machine and started the computer with WINXP in the cd drive, it starts the loading process until it gets to the screen,(checking system hardware). That's where it stalls and the screen goes blank. My BIOS detects everything fine. When I disconnect the hard drive and just run of of the cd, it goes through the loading process, up until it detects no hard drive. When I run just the hard drive, with no cd-rom, Linux shows up on the drive.

    How can I wipe out Fedora? I thought a complete format would have done that. I never partitioned the drive.
  2. Soverc macrumors member

    Oct 7, 2005
    fdisk /mbr from a boot disk or fixmbr from the Windows XP cd
  3. seabass069 thread starter macrumors regular

    Oct 5, 2005
    I don't understand why the hangup of the WINXP cd. It won't even get into the menu screen to allow me to fdisk/mbr. It seems that something in fedora overides the WINXP cd.
  4. seabass069 thread starter macrumors regular

    Oct 5, 2005
    It's all over. My hard drive just crashed. It was an old 30 gig maxtor. I stressed it out way too much. That sucks!! I had a lot of good times and bad times with that hard drive. To me it's family. That drive has gone through many computers that I have built. Lots of good xxx movies have come and gone, same with the e-mails from old girlfriends. Oh well, I still have my WD 10,000 rpm Rapture.
  5. ALvie macrumors newbie

    Dec 11, 2005
    Before you dump it download Maxtor's drive utility and run it on the drive. You will need to create the floppy SU disk on a windows box.


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