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Old 20th February 2007, 22:21   #1
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I'm going to re-install XP, so I need to put my data on another partition. THe problem is, I can't format the partition.

There's a whole story, so I'll try to keep it short.
At first, my hdd was partitioned like this:
2Gb FAT32 78Gb NTFS 14Gb EXT2 Extended partition 14Gb EXT2 2GB swap
The bootmanager was LILO, but since I was about to remove the linux partitions, I did a fixmbr so I got the NTLDR back.

Then I started to remove every linux partition until I got this:
2Gb FAT32 78Gb NTFS 30Gb Free Space
When I make a normal partition and I want to format it, I get 2 sorts of errors:
the formatting did not complete
The formatting did not complete because the medium is write protected
And when I check the properties of the partition, windows says it's EXT2 (it doesn't matter how many times I remove the partition).

BUT, when I make an extended partition and a logic partition in it, I can format it with no problem, but that's not what I'm looking for.

How can I solve this ???
Old 20th February 2007, 23:36   #2
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Start installing linux again. delete all partitions. Reboot. Install windows. Did the trick for me more then once.
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Old 22nd February 2007, 17:28   #3
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Why didn't I think about that . Booted kubuntu and fixed it using gparted. Fresh XP install is finaly up and running
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