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PostPosted: Wed Jun 20, 2007 7:26 am 
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Hey guys, can someone please tell me if it's possible to format a drive for use in Unix after it's been formated for Windows?

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Of course!
Experience: I (along with many others here) have successfully installed Linux on a machine that formerly ran Windows.


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Sweet, thanks for the info 8)


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Is there a possibility to provide some info on why that is possible? The reason I'm asking is because I need it for a quiz in school =)


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The best I can explain it right now:
a hard drive is a hard drive is a hard drive. When you're (re)formatting it, the existing filesystem doesn't matter. The job will wipe the existing filesystem and create a new one. Basically, it defines the format (hence, the term) of the drive.


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Do you mean you want to create a database management system (such as Access, Oracle, MySql, SQL Server...etc) or you want to create an actual database that can be populated with data?

Get a book called SQL For Dummies. Start out, as above, with the MS Access environment, and get the MS Access 2003 (or 2007) for Dummies book.

Start there.


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I was just trying to get some points on why thats possible from a technical point of view, thanks for all the replies. Appreciated very much :wink:


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Wolfmann wrote:
Do you mean you want to create a database management system (such as Access, Oracle, MySql, SQL Server...etc) or you want to create an actual database that can be populated with data?

Get a book called SQL For Dummies. Start out, as above, with the MS Access environment, and get the MS Access 2003 (or 2007) for Dummies book.

Start there.


This is a BS response. Why waste the OP's time?
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The reason it is possible is Linux accesses the hardware via bios. It does not matter if the hard drive was formated or not.

1. Power On Self Test (or POST) initiated by system BIOS and CPU.
2. BIOS determines which device to use as the "boot device."
3. BIOS loads the first physical sector from the boot device into memory and transfers CPU execution to the start of that memory address. If the boot device is a hard drive, the sector loaded in step 3 is the MBR, and the boot process proceeds as follows:

4. MBR code loads the boot sector referenced by the partition table for the "active primary partition" into memory and transfers CPU execution to the start of that memory address.
Up to this point, the boot process is entirely independent of how the disk is formatted and what operating system is being loaded. From this point on, both the operating and file systems in use play a part.

Compliments of M$


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PostPosted: Sun Jul 08, 2007 3:14 pm 
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markmark69 wrote:
Wolfmann wrote:
Do you mean you want to create a database management system (such as Access, Oracle, MySql, SQL Server...etc) or you want to create an actual database that can be populated with data?

Get a book called SQL For Dummies. Start out, as above, with the MS Access environment, and get the MS Access 2003 (or 2007) for Dummies book.

Start there.


This is a BS response. Why waste the OP's time?
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Demon,

The reason it is possible is Linux accesses the hardware via bios. It does not matter if the hard drive was formated or not.

1. Power On Self Test (or POST) initiated by system BIOS and CPU.
2. BIOS determines which device to use as the "boot device."
3. BIOS loads the first physical sector from the boot device into memory and transfers CPU execution to the start of that memory address. If the boot device is a hard drive, the sector loaded in step 3 is the MBR, and the boot process proceeds as follows:

4. MBR code loads the boot sector referenced by the partition table for the "active primary partition" into memory and transfers CPU execution to the start of that memory address.
Up to this point, the boot process is entirely independent of how the disk is formatted and what operating system is being loaded. From this point on, both the operating and file systems in use play a part.

Compliments of M$


Thanks for a great response, exactly what I was looking for :)


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