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Recovering fBSD drive for DOS?

By _johneereb ·
I recently tried to install (free)BSD on one of my old 486's. The isntall didn't go through, and now I want the drive back. The drive is 515mb, but I can only get DOS to recognize about 11mb of it. Suggestions on how to reclaim the drive would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.

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Recovering fBSD drive for DOS?

by dmiles In reply to Recovering fBSD drive for ...

Using a system boot disk and the cd,cold boot the system at start up hit shift+F4 at the command prompt type in FDISK,select (4) to view disk info,hit escape then select (3),to delete the partition and follow onscreen prompts,after that select (1)toadd primary partition with dos,then reboot,format the drive format C: /s

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by _johneereb In reply to Recovering fBSD drive for ...

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by _johneereb In reply to Recovering fBSD drive for ...

Well, this system does not have a CD-ROM in it. And, I had 4 11 mb partitions. I deleted 4 of them, intending to combine them into 1 44 mb or so partition, and I was only able to create a single 11 mb partition. I have a DOS boot disk, and a Open BSD boot disk.

Also, I need to make the correction that it's Open BSD and not FreeBSD.

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Recovering fBSD drive for DOS?

by Brian Lusk In reply to Recovering fBSD drive for ...

Linux (and UNIX) partitions, beyond the boot partition, are invisible to the DOS FDISK program. The 11MB sounds like about the size I would expect from a UNIX /boot partition. The best way to eliminate the BSD partitions is to start an installation of BSD (or RedHat Linux). It will prompt you to partition the drive at some point or other. You then delete all the Linux partitions, create a FAT partition, save the drive partition information and reboot the computer without going any farther into the install.

Once you are back in DOS, you can FDISK the drive to your hearts content!

Hope this helps!
Brian Lusk
brianlusk@netzero.net

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Recovering fBSD drive for DOS?

by _johneereb In reply to Recovering fBSD drive for ...

Hmm, I did just that (With slackware 7.0) this morning and it worked. I did this before reading this, but I'll go ahead and credit it to you since it did work.

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