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Deleting a Non-DOS Partition in XP

by fenderman888 / February 27, 2005 1:58 AM PST


Excuse the ignorant question, however, I do not know the answer, so please advise.

I have a genuine Windows XP Pro CD with a unique Product Key; IOW, legally purchased. Can the XP Pro CD be used to delete a 'non-DOS' partition (NTFS) or would I have to use FDisk or GDisk, in order to delete this 'non-DOS' partition (NTFS).

The excellent Michael Stevens Clean Install Windows XP site states, verbatim, 'If setup returns a message the partition contains the setup files and cannot be deleted use the info from this link: Delete NON-DOS Partition'. This, whilst useful, does not really answer my query.

I look forward to your replies???

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What I use..
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / February 27, 2005 2:06 AM PST

I make up a boot CD or diskette with Win98se.exe, then add DELPART.EXE from

You should try XP's installer to see if it works, but if not, try my recipe.


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Deleting a Non-DOS Partition in XP
by fenderman888 / February 27, 2005 2:19 AM PST
In reply to: What I use..

Thanks for the swift reply bob.

That is exactly why I would like my 'exact' question answered. Whilst I am aware that FDdisk, GDisk and Delpart will wipe a drive (I should have added Delpart to my initial post), I would really like to know whether or not an XP Pro CD is capable of deleting a non-DOS partition, without having to resort to the aforementioned utilities. Thank you, anyway. Happy

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by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / February 27, 2005 2:27 AM PST

The XP disk can not handle all non-disk partitions. So you need a backup plan.


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Deleting a Non-DOS Partition in XP
by fenderman888 / February 27, 2005 2:47 AM PST
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Thanks bob.....:)

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Either Bob or I are misunderstanding...
by Edward ODaniel / February 27, 2005 6:54 AM PST
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Most non-dos partitions... not all.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / February 27, 2005 8:33 AM PST

I've run into a few that required delpart to finish it off. However, people only bring me what doesn't work so such are likely to not be the usual that XP will have no issue with.


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