How do I format a secondary hard drive with a different OS
My laptop has to terabyte hard drives, one which has Windows 8 and one that has Ubuntu 14.04. I use to use Ubuntu quite a bit, but all the more I really use my laptop for is to play games, so Ubuntu has been getting used less and less over the last couple of months. I've thought about getting rid of Ubuntu, and turning that hard drive back into simply being a secondary hard drive for Windows, but I can't seem to find out how to do it? Should I decide to do this, how do I?
If it does, you can right click on that drive in Windows Explorer (MyComputer) and select "Format".
Since the drive does not have a DOS or NTFS compatible format, working with it from Windows may not be possible. I've had that problem before, with Linux formatted drives.
I could remove that Linux partition with FDISK, a DOS program that I keep on my DOS Utilities CD.
Then make just one partition using FDISK and then DOS Format the drive, then windows could see it and reformat it as NTFS, if indeed that's what you want.
Personally I keep my extra drives formatted FAT-32, so I can access them and the files I store on them, even from a DOS boot disk. (not so, with NTFS) For instance, most USB Drives come already formatted FAT-32.
If you were local, I could fix that problem for you.
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Try 3-rd party partition software like Partition Master or Gpartd on Windows system. Or create the winpe disk USB of partition or Gparted on windows hard drive, then restart the computer on Ubuntu, in Winpe you can format the external disk.
One problem will be your GRUB menu after you destroy the Ubuntu partition. Your computer will not be able to find an OS after. I know there are commands to rebuild the MBR in windows 7, but you might want to research how to do that in windows 8 with GPT if you´re using it, otherwise you´ll have to reinstall windows or reimage.
Check this out at Ubuntu forums.
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