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Need assistance removing Centos

By ecntrc ·
I have a server that has linux (Centos) and I need to remove and install Windows Server 2003; I do not have a boot CD for Centos and I have downloaded & burned knoppix and I am unable to get that CD to boot to assist me in removing Centos. Windows installation CD wont boot or even prompt to boot CD. Does anyone have any suggestions?

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Get yourself a copy of Boot & Nuke available free here

by OH Smeg In reply to Need assistance removing ...

http://www.dban .org/

Remember to remove the space from between dban and .org to get a working URL.

Burn it to CD and wipe the HDD of the server. If the Server fails to see the CD reset the Boot Order in BIOS remembering to save the changes as you exit the BIOS and try again. If it supports booting from USB you can use that option instead of Optical Drive.

When you have the drive Wiped as all Linux Uses 3 Partitions as a Minimum instead of the 1 that Windows Uses you should then be able to install Windows but you may need to press the F6 Key and add Additional Drivers depending on the hardware of the server. Things like RAID Arrays or SATA Drives are the most common things but there are others.

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by ecntrc In reply to Get yourself a copy of Bo ...

Thank you very much, I will try that tomorrow morning when I have time. I will be sure to let you know. i appreciate it alot!

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by OH Smeg In reply to Get yourself a copy of Bo ...

Your Welcome

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by ecntrc In reply to Get yourself a copy of Bo ...

I can only get into the 3ware Controller BIOS from there I have no idea what to do...

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by ecntrc In reply to Get yourself a copy of Bo ...

Im able to get to the "Phoenix BIOS Setup Utility" and I changed it to IDE CD which it was always at.. but still not working..

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by ecntrc In reply to Get yourself a copy of Bo ...

Totally disregard..... I think I've got it. I loaded BIOS default and it booted the DBAN cd.. woooohooo! Thank you! Hopefully everything is smooth from here..

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by ecntrc In reply to Get yourself a copy of Bo ...

Does this utility usually take a long time to wipe? After 10 minutes its at 5%.. normal?

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by breversa In reply to Get yourself a copy of Bo ...

Yes : DBAN takes ages (read : hours) to fully wipe your hard disk so that no data can be recovered (unless you have access to the best recovery specialists, tools, and the accompanying budget).

OH Smeg probably advised you a very secure but overkill solution : if you just needed to remove CentOS to install Windows on top of it, any partitioning tool (like GParted) could rid you of your Linux install in a matter of seconds (by deleting the partition table).

Actually, even the windows install CD can take care of suppressing existing partitions and creating new ones. No other tool is needed. From what I understand, your problem lied with your boot sequence (that you solved by reverting to default), not your existing partitions.

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To boot from CD...

by GlxTre In reply to Need assistance removing ...

Change the boot device priority order in your BIOS system setup, then use your Windows Installation disc to get to a command prompt, and use diskpart to clean (or clean all) the disk.

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by ecntrc In reply to To boot from CD...

The only BIOS I can get into is the 3ware controller BIOS.. from there I really dont know what to do... Im not that familiar with servers but Im doing this so I can get familiar with them... Grrr!

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