On Tue, 24 Aug 1999 GiGaBiteS at aol.com wrote:
> Ok, this is my first post. Ive searched the faq's and stuff, but i couldnt
> really find what i was looking for. Here it is... Right now, im running win98
> on a pretty nice system. I would like to get rid of windows all together, and
> have a total linux machine. Should I
> a) install linux through windows, then get rid of windows.
> b) get rid of windows (format hard drive?) then start clean with linux?
> c) throw the computer out the window and become a monk?
> I also have a question concerning FAT32, which is what my disk is right now.
> If I format my drive, does that get rid of the FAT32, or am i stuck with it?
> I know linux has its own file system, but im not very familiar with how this
> all works. One last thing...After formatting my computer, will I be left with
> dos, or how will i access my a: drive to install linux from the discs...
> Thank you!
Well, if you want to dump window$ totally, the best (?) way to do it is to
boot to dos (preferably with a boot floppy), run fdisk and delete all your
partitions. REformatting the drive will just replace a full FAT32
drive/partition with an empty one, which is no good for linux. The best
thing to do would be to make a win98 boot floppy, and make sure that you
can use it to access the CDROM (just in case). If you are installing from
floppies, try booting off the first floppy before you go deleting anything
(just to see if it can be done). Once you delete the partitions, all
you'll be able t do is boot/run stuff from the floppy. At this stage, if
you change your mind, you'll have to run fdisk again, create a partition,
reboot and format it, then reinstall windoze.
Miles (Kieran Colfer)
kcolfer at iol.iekieranc at bigfoot.comhttp://ireland.iol.ie/~kcolfer
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