fdisk and OnTrack Disk Manager

fdisk and OnTrack Disk Manager

Post by Robert J. Bro » Sun, 25 Dec 1994 16:21:58



: Taking the advice of someone (whose messages has already expired) I am
: attempting to remove the OnTrack Disk Manager from a 1 gig Western Digital
: drive so that I can use a partition below 500 meg for DOS and the rest of
: the drive for linux.  Unfortunately, fdisk /mbr is not writing over the
: boot sector with a DOS boot sector, but with the OnTrack Disk Manager.
: First of all, why is this, but more importantly what can I do to get rid
: of this damn disk manager?!?!?!?

: --
:  Jeff Edgett (Moth)            

Try booting DOS from your original DOS distribution floppy, then run
format /mbr.  You are writing the boot block from your hard drive back
to istelf.  You need a nice clean * boot block to get rid of dm.

 
 
 

fdisk and OnTrack Disk Manager

Post by Mot » Sun, 25 Dec 1994 11:35:12


Taking the advice of someone (whose messages has already expired) I am
attempting to remove the OnTrack Disk Manager from a 1 gig Western Digital
drive so that I can use a partition below 500 meg for DOS and the rest of
the drive for linux.  Unfortunately, fdisk /mbr is not writing over the
boot sector with a DOS boot sector, but with the OnTrack Disk Manager.
First of all, why is this, but more importantly what can I do to get rid
of this damn disk manager?!?!?!?

--
 Jeff Edgett (Moth)            


 
 
 

fdisk and OnTrack Disk Manager

Post by Mot » Mon, 26 Dec 1994 04:50:28





>: Taking the advice of someone (whose messages has already expired) I am
>: attempting to remove the OnTrack Disk Manager from a 1 gig Western Digital
>: drive so that I can use a partition below 500 meg for DOS and the rest of
>: the drive for linux.  Unfortunately, fdisk /mbr is not writing over the
>: boot sector with a DOS boot sector, but with the OnTrack Disk Manager.
>: First of all, why is this, but more importantly what can I do to get rid
>: of this damn disk manager?!?!?!?

>Try booting DOS from your original DOS distribution floppy, then run
>format /mbr.  You are writing the boot block from your hard drive back
>to istelf.  You need a nice clean * boot block to get rid of dm.

The problem is that I can't boot from a floppy and still see the HD because
it has the OnTrack Disk Manager on it which is NOT a dos filesystem so DOS
does not recognize it.  I can only see the WD drive if I actually boot from
the WD drive....  in which case I can't overwrite the boot sector.  Aargh.
--
 Jeff Edgett (Moth)            

 
 
 

fdisk and OnTrack Disk Manager

Post by Dale K. Hawki » Thu, 29 Dec 1994 02:24:23




: >
: >
: >: Taking the advice of someone (whose messages has already expired) I am
: >: attempting to remove the OnTrack Disk Manager from a 1 gig Western Digital
: >: drive so that I can use a partition below 500 meg for DOS and the rest of
: >: the drive for linux.  Unfortunately, fdisk /mbr is not writing over the
: >: boot sector with a DOS boot sector, but with the OnTrack Disk Manager.
: >: First of all, why is this, but more importantly what can I do to get rid
: >: of this damn disk manager?!?!?!?

[munch!]

: The problem is that I can't boot from a floppy and still see the HD because
: it has the OnTrack Disk Manager on it which is NOT a dos filesystem so DOS
: does not recognize it.  I can only see the WD drive if I actually boot from
: the WD drive....  in which case I can't overwrite the boot sector.  Aargh.
: --
:  Jeff Edgett (Moth)            

The reason that you have is a disk manager is one of those silly limits
imposed by DOG/BIOS/INTEL (which ever).  I have heard that the solution is
to get a BIOS upgrade.  As to whether the Disk Manager did any
special/fancy reorganization of the hard drive, who knows.  The BIOS
harddrive is a good idea especially if you are going to split a large disk
with DOG and Linux.  (We had a Gateway with a 720Meg harddrive which we
were trying to split between Linux and DOS.  After running LILO and having
everything generally setup, we rebooted and...nothing.  I found an option
in the Gateway's CMOS setup which specified whether the disk (large media)
was going to be used by DOG or some other *BETTER* operating system.  Well,
we switched this to OTHER and then we were happily able to boot Linux.
MSDOG on the other hand pretty much puked :-(  The old cliche is right:

  "YOU JUST CAN'T TEACH AN OLD _DOG_ NEW TRICKS!!"

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