How to NOT uninstall Linux! and unformatting a hard disk

Another installment on my Linux experience is here!

So I got given a free 80GB hard disk from a friend who didn’t want it anymore, so I thought why not. I decided I would move the Linux installation over to the new HD so my C drive could have a little room to breath again.

Then I booted up Linux to repartition my C drive back to pure FAT32, and half the E driver into ext3. Little did I know that I simply couldn’t just remove the partition that Linux was installed on, which is what I did. then I found that I couldn’t reformat the E drive as it had some corruption according to Linux (probably why my friend didn’t want it anymore).

I wanted to watch a vid on my PC for lunch, so I decided I would solve the issue later. However, my lunch was halted by the fact that Windows wouldn’t boot up! Fact anything wouldn’t boot up!

GRUB ERROR 22! what the? I couldn’t load Windows or Linux or even safe mode. The boot screen wouldn’t even load…

Luckily, I have a wireless router, and a PSP to hand. So I looked up this blommin GRUB error, and find that it’s Linux’s fault! When I installed Linux, it took over the Windows boot with it’s own. So I had to reinstall Linux from the cd again! So glad I kept that CD. Back to square one with less than 10GB on my C drive. Least I have my external still. Looks like the free 80GB hard drive is rubbish.

However, something interesting here. I decided before fiddling with Linux, that I would try and unformat the hard disk I was given. With a little searching, I found an app that would do exactly that! They are few and far between, I will say that! Anyway, I tried it out, and recovered lost of files, including several My Documents folders. I had a little look, too much though. No music was worth retrieving, had it already. Please with the fact that I COULD do it, I decided to just leave it at that.

Oh, all the files are for sale on ebay to the highest bidder. Probably can find some credit card information and bank details on there somewhere. or not! Its not for sale, I just thought it may be amusing.

Ah well. Your comments on this installment? Interesting? Do comment.

15 Responses to “How to NOT uninstall Linux! and unformatting a hard disk”

  1. I did warn you. When you install Linux it tells the computer to boot up using a boot loader/menu (GRUB) which is stored on the Linux partition so when you wipe the Linux partition, GRUB goes too! There is a way to reset the Master Boot Record (MBR) to boot into Windows again using the Windows disc but I don’t know how to do this. Sorry.

  2. Firstly, you never warned me. Secondly, I know you can, and I know how, but I just feel that you should be able to uninstall. After all, this is Linux. If you can’t, then its a rather poor show!
    There is a way, I just haven’t had much time to look for it!

  3. ha i had the same problem when i installed it on my old ipod (using it as an external hardrive). Obviously when i started my computer up and it ran GRUB it wasn’t finding me ipod and so i just re-installed linux like u ha

  4. should you go to you will read, among other things, the following excerpt:

    The MS-DOS Fdisk utility usually updates the master boot record (MBR) only if no master boot record exists. Repartitioning with Fdisk does not rewrite this information.

    Fdisk has an undocumented parameter called /mbr that causes it to write the master boot record to the hard disk without altering the partition table information.

    after clearing the master boot record, windows should have no problem booting up, as long as the partition it’s on is set as active.
    don’t know the linux alternative, though

  5. No worries there. thanks though. I’ve decided that seeing as I can edit the default boot to boot into Windows, I would leave it for now, and wait till I get my new HD. Apart from that, only reason to remove Lin is because I have under 10GB left on my HD’s! ahhhh! lol
    plan to buy a nice 500GB! =D

    You can re do the boot record as windows again if you do some thing with the windows CD on boot. Looked it up and it sounded quite easy, just haven’t done it yet

  6. hey
    how are u, dear i want remove win xp and want to remove partition but not remove xp and partition please about me this metter

  7. To fix the boot record you simply put in the Windows install disk, click “repair”, then type fix mbr. Can’t remember if there is a space between fix and mbr or not.

  8. Linux does more than just mess up your hard rive, it also screws up other things. Solution, never use Linux – it’s a waste of time. Good only for web servers.

  9. Hello AppAholic, nice site, congrats on the one year of your blog!

    I have a problem that I can’t seem to fix, will you help me?? :)

    Here it is:
    I install Ubuntu on my Lenovo 3000 N200 (Intel Centrino Duo) laptop last year but I could not figure out heads or tail about why I cannot get the sound to work. I have searched the net but cannot find any information that I could understand (even on Ubuntu’s website) on account that this is the first time I’m using Linux. I still have Ubuntu on my laptop but I can’t listen or view videos. So, can you please help me.

    Thanks in advance.

    God bless you.

  10. I find you have got nice responses. Thats really great. Nice to wonder about the LINUX installation in a systematic way. I can edit the default boot to boot into Windows. Thanks for the kind help to me and to all other who find pleasant with the post. MBR is the right choice. I really have liked to square one with less than 10GB on my C drive.Find interest at every point you try to convey. Thanks………!

  11. Sound is really tricky, My suggestion is to purchase a mini usb sound card that will give you two headphone jacks to plug into.

    I konw this solution sucks but it has been the only thing that I can seem to find that works.

  12. Every laptop they sell in stores has Linux installed.
    Do you have any idea of how to get rid of Linux?
    I’m used to Windows… :(

  13. Thanks for the article

  14. I’ll try to find out what we can do about it.
    On of my friends got stuck with something like that. I’ll ask him, anyway it’s gonna be a challenge for me to put it in English, cause I’m reading you from Russia.
    We’ll try to help you out anyway.

  15. Try the Acronis Disk Director Suite
    It helps.

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