Removing Master Boot Record on old disk



John Smithe
07-10-2005, 10:34 AM
I have a spare disk which used to have Windows 98SE on it. I reformatted
the disk, as a single large 'basic' partition, by downloading the
manufacturers installation software and reformatting the disk with the
manufacturers installation software. I added the disk to my PC and ran
'disk management'. To my surprise 'disk management' is offering to let
me make the partition on the second disk 'active'. This disk does not
have an OS on it anymore. Device Manager - Properties - Volumes says
that the 'Type' is basic and the 'Partition style' is 'Master Boot
Record (MBR)'. Reformatting with 'disk management' produces the same
results. So, can the Master Boot Record be removed from this disk? If
so, how? Is this an issue? If this partition gets 'activated' will it be
an issue if there is not an OS on it? Does windows XP always make
'primary partitions/basic' 'master boot record' partitions? Norton
antivirus also sees two Master Boot Records in my computer as well as
three Boot Records!


OS Name Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition
Version 5.1.2600 Service Pack 2 Build 2600
Boot Device \Device\HarddiskVolume1
HAL Version = "5.1.2600.2180 (xpsp_sp2_rtm.040803-2158)"
Total Physical Memory 1,024.00 MB
Available Physical Memory 815.43 MB
Total Virtual Memory 2.00 GB
Available Virtual Memory 1.96 GB
Page File Space 1.90 GB
Page File D:\pagefile.sys


OS is here:---------------------------------------
Drive C:
Description Local Fixed Disk
Compressed No
File System NTFS
Size 10.00 GB (10,733,957,120 bytes)
Volume Name Lassen

Drive D:-------------------------------------------
Description Local Fixed Disk
Compressed No
File System NTFS
Size 143.38 GB (153,952,530,432 bytes)
Volume Name Arches

second drive with MBR is here:---------------------
Drive E:
Description Local Fixed Disk
Compressed No
File System NTFS
Size 42.93 GB (46,100,242,432 bytes)
Volume Name Yosemite

Li'l Roberto
07-10-2005, 10:34 AM
"John Smithe" <JS@huh.wha> wrote in message
news:OsjCAMShFHA.3340@TK2MSFTNGP10.phx.gbl...
>I have a spare disk which used to have Windows 98SE on it. I reformatted
> the disk, as a single large 'basic' partition, by downloading the
> manufacturers installation software and reformatting the disk with the
> manufacturers installation software. I added the disk to my PC and ran
> 'disk management'. To my surprise 'disk management' is offering to let
> me make the partition on the second disk 'active'. This disk does not
> have an OS on it anymore. Device Manager - Properties - Volumes says
> that the 'Type' is basic and the 'Partition style' is 'Master Boot
> Record (MBR)'. Reformatting with 'disk management' produces the same
> results. So, can the Master Boot Record be removed from this disk? If
> so, how?

Delete any partitions you have created, then formatting it as an
extended partition should do what you want.

rgds
Li'l Roberto


Removing Master Boot Record on old disk