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    Formatting harddrive..

    So I threw SuSE/ext3 on a harddrive. Went in with Win2k to change it to FAT32.. did an fdisk and then a Format, but it fails at the very end and says it could not format the drive.

    Any idea what I should do?

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    You might want to delete the partitions, fix your mbr.

    Make sure you can reboot it back into windows normally, then merge the existing space into your windows partition.

    Should work fine.
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    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).

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    What are you using to format it?
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    fdisk & right click > format

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    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.

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    I've got DamnSmallLinux.. I'll give that a shot tomorrow.

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    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
    type "o"
    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
    #mkfs.vfat /dev/windrive


    I hope this helps.

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    Thanks Amar, I'll try that too. I'm just switching the drive to one FAT32 partition and using it to store files.. so no Windows or anything on it [makes this easier].

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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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