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How do I format a secondary hard drive with a different OS

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    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?

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    Does Windows Explorer even SEE that drive?

    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.

    Good Luck, and Happy Holidays

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    Linux Mint 17.2


    You would just format the other drive under Drive Management. Or use a Linux Live DVD and use Gpartd, to format the drive as a Fat32 or NTFS drive.
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    Windows 8


    No, Windows can't see the drive, but Ubuntu can see my Windows hard drive, if only it was the other way around.
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    7/8/ubuntu/Linux Deepin


    Windows is hostile to Linux, sadly.

    You can try this: Ext2Fsd Project
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    Windows8


    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.
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    Bamberg Germany
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    Windows 10 Pro 64 bit


    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.
    Last edited by Cliff S; 12 Dec 2014 at 02:11.
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    You can do everything you want with Windows disk management. Delete all the partitions and create new one(s) as desired.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pcgeek11 View Post
    You can do everything you want with Windows disk management. Delete all the partitions and create new one(s) as desired.
    That was already suggested in post #3 and in post #4, the OP said that it does not see the drive.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mark Phelps View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by pcgeek11 View Post
    You can do everything you want with Windows disk management. Delete all the partitions and create new one(s) as desired.
    That was already suggested in post #3 and in post #4, the OP said that it does not see the drive.
    No. He said the drive doesn't show in Windows. I can assure you if the drive isn't damaged it will show the Linux Partitions in Disk management. I dual boot Linux and have for many years.
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