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junior1

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I was able to Delete Kubuntu and Linux MCE from my Computer...
« on: December 27, 2007, 03:51:43 am »
I came here earlier today looking for a way to get Kubuntu and Linux MCE off my computer, Needless to say, everyone had the same answer, "It can't be done"

Well, after some thought, I figured out a way to do it and just did it to my computer and it worked fine.  I now have a clean HHD... 

Id read the whole post B4 committing to this procedure.

I']m not a very smart Computer guy compared to most of the guys (and girls) on this forum, heck, trying to figure out Linux MCE was eating my lunch, so just know that this is the most elementary of ways to do this.  When I did the following procedure, I knew I would end up wiping my HHD, but hey, I was only experimenting with Linux MCE in the first place and didnt know my experiment would be Permanent. 

Here is what I did... 

1.  You will need a program called "Partitian Magic"  or any other type of partitian program that has deleting and formatting capabilities... 

2.  Open the program and Identify the specific HDD you want to "clean" 
(In my case, I had two seperate HHD on my computer and was using one of them as basically a storage place.  Figured Id install Kubuntu and Linux MCE on the seperate one, and on occasion, go and experiment with it...  Oooops)

3.  Right click the HDD that you want clean and select "Delete", make sure you do both sectors of the specific HDD.  Why Delete instead of "Format"  I tried Format, but the program kept failing on me.  Originally, I was going to do a seperate partition, knowing that Partition Magic would "Format" the Drive B4 it created the partition, well, I didnt really want to create a partition just to format a HDD)

4.  I think deleting only really deletes the info, not the drive.  Once the HDD is deleted, then go back and "Format" each sector. 

5.  At this point, Kubuntu and Linux MCE should be gone, Reboot and either reinstall you original software or in my case, go to "My Computer" and see if the drive is there and clean.  In my case, it was and I transferred a few files just to make sure and everything worked like it should.  I hope this was able to help... 

Regarding Linux MCE.  Ive not given up on it, I just installed the program to get a feel for it, I know to ge tthe full benefit from LMCE, you need to have everything hooked up, My PC is just a regular PC at this point with no media on it or hooked up to it, except for whats inside it, Not even a TV card or a decent video card.  Just a basic Dell, running MS-XP...  My goal is to get up to speed on this by March so I can plan for my new home that is currently being built.  Originally, I was going to go with Windows Media Center, but then got hooked when I saw the LMCE video's...  If only it were really only plug and play for "non computer experts" like me... 

Now, on a side note, If you have a little time and if your knowledgeable about Linux MCE, If you want to help an old novice like me, Id be grateful.  Please e-mail me and hopefully I can get get comfortable with this program.  I know I must "READ, READ, READ and READ to get sharp on Linux, but to be honest, (hate making excuses), with a wife, and 3 kids under the age of 5, Im doing the best I can to get to my computer for 30 minutes a day. 

Ill check in later... 



Anyway, I'm rambling and its my first post... 

I hope I was able to help... 

Junior1
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Ngiri

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Re: I was able to Delete Kubuntu and Linux MCE from my Computer...
« Reply #1 on: December 27, 2007, 06:00:29 am »
Here's another way to accomplish this, without partition magic.  Use a linux based live cd and delete the partitions that exist on the drive you wish to remove LinuxMCE from.  I've used the GParted LiveCD for this (http://gparted-livecd.tuxfamily.org/) but there are others that will also do the same thing.  I think you could even use an ubuntu or kubuntu live cd and choose the manually edit partitions option and then delete things.  (Not sure about this, as it might only commit the partition changes when you continue installing...)