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asked 2014-02-05 05:17:47 -0500

alenka gravatar image

updated 2014-02-05 10:18:20 -0500

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How can i wipe out my computer hard disk clean(including existing system files) and install fedora on it. There are many memory access related issues and not that important data on it.

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answered 2014-02-05 05:42:01 -0500

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Use the Installation media (CD/USB) and delete the partitions you want. Fedora Installer now has options to reclaim space and this is equal to, repartition the HDD.

At the installer options use the second, "I want more space...." and at the next screen you should be able to delete everything and create the partitions you want for Fedora only.

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I did the above mentioned while reinstalling and this caused the the partition to be lost somehow. Now i'm not even able to mount or unmout the disk space as it gives the following error when i try to edit or format it.

"Error unmounting /dev/dm-2: Command-line `umount "/dev/dm-2"' exited with non-zero exit status 32: umount: /home: target is busy (In some cases useful info about processes that use the device is found by lsof(8) or fuser(1).) (udisks-error-quark, 14)"

That is the reason I'm trying to wipe it off.

Please help as i have a lost 100GB partition lying useless! It is fine if i can't recover the data.

alenka gravatar imagealenka ( 2014-02-05 07:32:46 -0500 )edit

Please answer at if the solution for the issue mentioned in the comment is known

alenka gravatar imagealenka ( 2014-02-05 07:38:06 -0500 )edit

answered 2014-02-05 09:52:31 -0500

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I'm not sure if this is the right way or not but i was eventually able to claim the missing memory.

Entered the BIOS setup , set all settings to default and saved them. Then installed fedora again. Option to log in through previously installed windows OS still appears but all the memory that was previously inaccessible is now accessible. Windows of course doesn't run.

Please do continue the thread if better methods are available to resolve the problem. Would love to know!

P.S: The error still occurs if I try to access the exact path as mentioned in the comment.

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