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Unhappy Brand new mini, Hard Disk failure!! - 05-13-2009, 10:28 AM

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So I decided to put Linux on my mini (distro-Open SUSE) all was going fine in till it crashed during setup whilst installing grub boot loader. So I re-formed the ssd to re-install xp with fdisk and now i can't install xp because the Linux partitions won't delete so I think its maybe a ssd read-write error and I need a new drive, I’ve try'd everything I can think to remove these Linux parts and get bk to xp or even better OSX! Any suggestions

Btw: I've order a new 32 GB ssd from eBay and it's in the post so fingers crossed I can replace the ssd and install OSX.

Also I tried upgrading to 2gb ram (from 1gig) so bought the right chip and mini wouldn’t get pass post, so I reinstalled old chip and it worked! Faulty chip maybe?

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Unhappy Brand new mini, Hard Disk failure!! - 05-13-2009, 10:29 AM

Hi

So I decided to put Linux on my mini (distro-Open SUSE) all was going fine in till it crashed during setup whilst installing grub boot loader. So I re-formed the ssd to re-install xp with fdisk and now i can't install xp because the Linux partitions won't delete so I think its maybe a ssd read-write error and I need a new drive, I’ve try'd everything I can think to remove these Linux parts and get bk to xp or even better OSX! Any suggestions

Btw: I've order a new 32 GB ssd from eBay and it's in the post so fingers crossed I can replace the ssd and install OSX.

Also I tried upgrading to 2gb ram (from 1gig) so bought the right chip and mini wouldn’t get pass post, so I reinstalled old chip and it worked! Faulty chip maybe?

Any suggestions?
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Default 05-13-2009, 10:55 AM

You shouldn't need to remove GRUB or delete partitions before installing Windows or OSX. The installation process should be able to do that itself.


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Default 05-13-2009, 11:37 AM

Try using a LiveCD of Linux (such as Knoppix) in either an external optical or via USB key and use the Linux fdisk to delete the partitions. I have had the same problems in the past. It's very likely not a hard disk failure, but Windows (and possibly OSX) inability to delete partitions from other operating systems.


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Default 05-13-2009, 11:43 AM

I could swear I replied to this, unless you made a post in another forum.

Boot into a LiveCD of Linux (knoppix works, or if you want minimal, Gentoo). Use the Linux version of fdisk to remove the partitions. Make sure you save the changes.

I've had issues in the past with Windows (OSX may have these issues as well) with it not liking to remove Linux partitions.


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Default 05-13-2009, 12:03 PM

Anguish you did. Merged thread due to double post.


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Default 05-13-2009, 12:11 PM

Ahhh.. That splains it.


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Default 05-14-2009, 11:03 PM

thanks for ure replies just found out my ssd is full of bad sectors, maybe thats y i can't delete the parts using suse live cds, pclinux live cd, parted, fdisk or linux fdisk (just says in dos fdisk after i delete them, failed to write to disk) i used bad blocks to try' and fix these but 2 no avail; it's kind of funny to think i can break a brand new drive with-in 2 weeks of getting my mini, lol. Anyway replaced it with a 32gig from crucial, wish i new about runcore first darn!!

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Default 05-18-2009, 12:19 PM

Do you think Dell will replace the SSD then with that 'car' warranty thinky!


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