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Reformat XP on a dual boot


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mridang_agarwal

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Hi guys, i have a 60 GB HDD have two partitions. One half contains Windows XP and the other has SUSE Linux 10.0 on it. Now my XP has conked up and i wish to re-install it. However, i do not wish to harm my Linux installation. How o i go about it? Thanks in advance guys.
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I have never done it on dual boot, but i can imagine it to be the same as normal formatting and installing,

insert your XP disc into the drive and reboot, press any key to access the cd (if you do not get this option, you need to change the boot sequence in BIOS), follow all the on screen instructions, then once you get to the format screen, only select the C:/ (if it is this partition that has WinXP on it) i personnally always do a full format, but a quick format is good.

this would only format the partition you selected, it has worked when i have partitioned drives to save peoples documents.

is your current install of XP not repairable?

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mridang_agarwal

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its way beyond repair. i'm going to format the box. Well, if i use the usual format method, the XP bootloder will overwrite the inux bootloader - wouldn't it. How would i then boot into Linux?
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Ah, yes. i'm pleased you mentioned that, i am not sure about that, TBH.

I think this is out my depth now! sorry i can't be any help. but maybe backing up the linus bootloader and then reinstall it?

Have you not had anyluck with searching this on google?

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