robp1969
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Delete VMFS and install Windows 7 problem

Hello - sorry if this has been answered elsewhere! The toddler is screaming and I have still not fixed this little problem on an HP ML115 local disk.

I have ESXi running on USB key and built the first datastore on the bundled 160GB disk.

No that I have a couple of new disks I want to remove the VMFS from the 160GB disk and install Windows 7 64-bit.

I used FDISK on an SSH session and deleted the partition, then attempted to create an NTFS partition.

Upon booting the DVD I noticed that the BIOS no longer detects the disk, and the installer tells me a driver is missing so can't continue.

Can anyone tell me the best way to fix the disk please?

I'm happy to use VMware fdisk or create a Linux boot CD if required to run gparted if that would be better.

Thanks for your help.

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jamesbowling
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My personal approach would be to boot into a gParted Livecd and look at the partition scheme there and make changes as needed in this case.

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mjpagan
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Your issue is that Windows can't see the linux type partitions. You'll need to use a partition utility like gParted or PartedMagic (like ) recommended or delete the LUN from the RAID card and recreate.

Mike P

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robp1969
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Thanks.

Gparted now downloading - hopefully that'll make a better go of it than my fdisk attempts....

Rob

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