On Sat, May 20, 2006 at 09:57:44PM -0400, John Nielsen wrote:
> Quoting Gary Kline <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>:
> >     Gang,
> >
> >     A 40G drive that I thought was bad (when trying to install W2K
> >     on the drive) may be entirely good.  I am trying to avoid having
> >     to buy a DOS/Win platform.  I've had both W2K and FBSD or Ubuntu
> >     on this one machine.  For various reasons I need one DOS machine.
> >     (Already have 7 or 8 *Nix servers.)   The Windows 2000
> >     "Professional" CD find some other non-Windows partition and
> >     press "D" and "L" as I will, the installation CD keeps
> >     complaining.  Eventually I have to hit F3 to quit.  So, nutshell,
> >     is there any way I can completely remove any trace of *Nix?
> >     -----I remember having a DOS floppy and typing an undocumented
> >     MBR \ command that wiped the drive clean of this boot record,
> >     but this was [mumble] years ago.
> Boot to a recent FreeBSD Install CD (with the Rescue tools on disk 1) 
> or a not-so-recent FreeBSD Rescue CD, and go to rescue mode.
> After verifying the device name of the drive you're trying to "clean" 
> (using dmesg and/or fdisk), do this (I'm assuming a single drive, ad0):
> dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/ad0 bs=32k count=1
> That will overwrite the first 32k of the drive with zeroes.  That 
> should wipe out the MBR and the partition table.  Since you want the 
> drive to be "clean" anyway, it doesn't hurt to make the bs or count 
> values higher.  To zero out the entire drive, you could do this:
> dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/ad0 bs=1m
> (With no "count" option it will write to the end of the device.)
> Doing any of this on a drive with data you care about is of course 
> contraindicated.

        This looks like the best way of getting rid of the master boot
        rec; thanks.


> JN

   Gary Kline     [EMAIL PROTECTED]   www.thought.org     Public service Unix

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