Re: HDD formatted with FAT need NTFS. please help
Umm guys, you mentioned a really good point, but then completly failed to realise the significant points it brings up.
The linux Boot loder is a lot better than windows, The linux installer is also a hell of a lot smarter than the windows installer!
Windows and linux cannot exist happily on the same partition.
Windows does not recognise the linux file format and will report that part of the disk as unformatted or damaged.
Windows does not recognise Linux and so will sipe over the boot loader with the windows boot loader
(and you have no way to access your linux installation (besides a floppy disk with a copy of the linux boot loader!)).
When duel booting you must install windows first, there is no real benefit to NTFS (and it wil just case you headaches in Linux), so format half the disk as FAT32, and install windows.
Now use the rest of the disk to install Linux.
Linuc will notce that windiows is installed and add it to the list of bootable OS's.
Now you can access all of your installations.
To completly wipe the disk use the windows XP installer to delete all of the partitions, then create a partition (you need to press C andnot jut enter).