preparing my hard drive

Glenn Ervin glennervin at
Thu Nov 28 09:59:50 EST 2002

Hi Igor,
I used fDisk.
I removed all partitions.
I removed the extended DOS partition.
I guess I can get into it in DOS, but that is after it fails reading the
And I guess that since there is no file and directory structure, it cannot
be read from, hence the error, and that is why windows cannot recognize it.
But, will Linux see it when I run the installation of Linux, and
automatically run a partition program?
I seemed to gather that this might happen, but I want to make sure.

----- Original Message -----
From: "Igor Gueths" <igueths at>
To: "linux - speakup" <speakup at>
Sent: Thursday, November 28, 2002 7:57 PM
Subject: Re: preparing my hard drive

Ok did you remove all the partitions from the drive? Or are all fs's
corrupted? In anycase, fdisk measures drive geometry in either cylinders
or sectors so you can partition the disk using either measurement. I
believe distruid or something to that name is used under RH as the default
partitioning tool however other distros use fdisk. If you have fdisk
though, might as well use it as it works a bit better.

May you code in the power of the source,
may the kernel, libraries, and utilities be with you,
throughout all distributions until the end of the epoch.

On Thu, 28 Nov 2002, Glenn Ervin wrote:

> I am getting closer to installing RedHat.
> I have downloaded the 8.0 ISO's and made CD images.
> But since I ran F Disk, without setting any partitions, neither CMOS or
> windows recognizes the 8 GB hard drive.
> I tried running FIPS, but it says that it can only partition a DOS drive.
> * Will Linux recognize this drive when I begin to install Linux, and will
> format & partition the drive?
> "Live long and prosper",
> O. Glenn Ervin (Lenny)
> Northeast Nebraska
> e-mail:
> glennervin at
> The above address can also be found on MSM.
> or my work e-mail:
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