I am trying to turn my DOS machine into an exclusively DOS machine again.
But I am afraid I did things in the wrong order and I am stuck.
I had my hard drive divided into three partitions. The first partition
held DOS, the second held Linux, the third was a swap area (for Linux).
I also had LILO doing the booting for me.
What I did:
I used the DOS fdisk program to delete my second and third partitions. I
fear this was my error.
Where I am now:
The Linux side of the disk is trashed. The system halts when I try to
boot with LILO.
When I try to boot with floppies, I get through the boot disk and most of
the root disk, but after I get the messages
"MINIX-fs: mounting unchecked file system, running fsck is recommended."
"VFS: Mounted root (minix filesystem)."
the system hangs.
My plan was to get linux up again and delete those partitions (and
LILO) from the Linux side like I should have done in the first place.
What I have tried:
The DOS fdisk program will not delete the non DOS partitions. When I
delete them they appear to have been deleted, but upon running fdisk
(dos) again they are back.
What I need:
I need to get the second half of my hard disk back. I would also like to
get LILO out of my boot area.
I do not have a Linux machine available to me at the time. I do have the
infomagic 3 CD developers set.
Any ideas would be appreciated. Let me also say that I am aware I did
things in the wrong order, so you can save space by leaving out the three
paragraphs about what I should have done in the first place.
Thanks very much. Alex.