unable to format unallocated space

amd semptron
March 22, 2008 at 06:08:31
Specs: win XP, 512
sir
i am unable to format a unallocated partition of size 26 gb as a window partion. when i go to disk management and right click on unallocated space i don't get 'new partition' option highlighted.actually earlier i had tried to install linux open suse on that partition ,but didn't complete the installation and aborted it in the middle.

vaibhav agarwal


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#1
March 22, 2008 at 07:44:47
if it is a linux partition, you may have to delete it, then recreate it as a windows partition. then you can format it with a file system windows can use. Please wait for additional reponses on this issue because, I am always hesitant to advise someone to re-partition a drive that already has an operating system on it. Back-up anything you do not want lost because, there is always the danger of not being able to boot into the existing OS, after your finished.

larry


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#2
March 22, 2008 at 07:45:10
Perhaps windows doesn't recognise the linux partition.

Download gparted & format with that.
http://gparted-livecd.tuxfamily.org...

Before posting try google. Backup. Use anti virus software.


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#3
March 22, 2008 at 08:18:47
yea, with gpart, maybe you can just change the type of partition, without deleting & re-creating it.

larry


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#4
March 22, 2008 at 09:44:55
is there any other method to solve the problem because i am not familiar with using gparted live cd.

vaibhav agarwal


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#5
March 22, 2008 at 10:41:04
Gparted, easy peasy,

Download, burn as an iso file.

Change boot order to boot from cd.

It will then have a graphical interface with your partitions.

Go to the website, to look at the screenshots.

Before posting try google. Backup. Use anti virus software.


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#6
March 22, 2008 at 11:51:22
Is your Suse cd a live cd? If so boot to the desktop, look in apps, it may contain gparted. Never used Suse so I'm not sure. It probably has some type of partitioning tool on it. Back up your data, just in case!

larry


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