I'm formatting the entire harddrive, not just a partition, so merging isn't really an issue.. AFAIK everything off the drive is gone, it's just hanging for some reason. Windows sees the drive, it just doesn't know anything about it (again, because of the "bad" format).
If you have Partition Magic you can probably fix it. You can boot to the CD and run it from the CD in DOS mode. If you don't have Partition Magic and don't want to spend the money, you could try a linux live CD such as MEPIS or Knoppix. From Root run QtParted, which is pretty similar to Partition Magic.
Since you have linux here/s what you can do.
Use the fdisk in Linux
# fdisk /dev/hda
Type m - it would give you the help.
First thing I would recommend is
This would create a new empty dos partition table.
There create a drive for Windows, 1 swap and 1 Linux partition.
Reboot and format the linux drives.
If you want you can format the windows drive using linux
I hope this helps.
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zerofill the disk or use a partition application such as partition magic. M$ bundled disk partition tool (fdisk.com) and format tool (format.com) are both useless against linux partitions and will work only for 'raw' partition (mac) or 'fat'/'fat32'/'ntfs' (windows) partitions.
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