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AdminChallenge: How can Carmella lose her Linux partitions?

Carmella has been testing Linux, but now must remove it from her computer to make room for new applications. She tries to remove it, but the partitions remain. Do you have the solution?

Every other Monday, AdminRepublic poses a systems or network problem requiring a solution. Some challenges are routine, whereas others may be more difficult. We then conduct a random drawing from the correct responses we receive from our members and send two lucky winners a fancy new TechRepublic T-shirt. You'll be the envy of the office. Let's start with the solution to our previous challenge.
How could Christopher create a volume?
In the last AdminChallenge, Christopher was left with a daunting problem concerning volumes on his Windows 2000 machine. He had formatted the second disk on his machine with FAT32, but could not find a way to create a volume on it.

Christopher eventually discovered how to create the volume. While in Disk Management, he selected Disk in Disk Management, as seen in Figure A.

Figure A
Christopher selects Disk in Disk Management in Windows 2000.

Once Disk in Disk Management was selected, Christopher right-clicked and selected Upgrade to Dynamic Disk, as seen in Figure B. Volumes can only be configured on dynamic disks.

Figure B
Christopher right-clicks Disk and selects Upgrade to Dynamic Disk in Windows 2000.

Congratulations to Ed Howard and Dan Barnett, whose winning entries were randomly selected from all the correct answers received.

The next challenge
Carmella recently installed Corel Linux on a Windows 98 machine on her company’s network. After playing with the OS for a few days, she decided that she needed to remove Linux from the machine to free up some space on the hard disk for new applications.

Carmella chose to remove Linux using FDISK. From FDISK, she selected the extended partition and deleted it. After checking the partition information, Carmella noticed that a logical drive still existed on the Linux partition, so she selected the logical drive and tried to delete it.

An error occurred and FDISK produced a message informing Carmella that she could not delete a logical drive that’s not in an extended partition. Carmella was puzzled why it wouldn’t delete, so she restarted the machine to see if a reboot would clear up the problem.

Once the computer restarted, Carmella faced another problem. LILO was still on the machine, and she didn’t know how to remove it. She tried booting into Linux but received a message stating the OS wasn’t present on the machine. Carmella then booted into Windows 98, ran FDISK, and found that the logical drive was still there.

The challenge
What steps should Carmella have followed to get rid of Linux and LILO from her machine?

Send your answer to TechRepublic by Monday, April 17, 2000. We’ll send a TechRepublic T-shirt to two individuals whose names we select randomly from all the correct answers received.

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