[svlug] Making a hard-disk UNbootable?

Mike Castle dalgoda at ix.netcom.com
Wed Dec 1 15:57:07 PST 2004

On Wed, Dec 01, 2004 at 03:23:45PM -0800, Greg Retkowski wrote:
> can't figure out how to make the harddisk appropriately unbootable that 
> the system will drop-through to PXE again. I have tried:
> dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/hda bs=1024 bc=512
> fdisk /dev/hda (and remove all partitions)
> In either case the BIOS hands-off to the harddisk then the harddisk sits 
> there inoperable.

I would have thought the dd would work.  :-/

As a work around, would etherboot help you?  Yeah, seems silly to boot
etherboot to do PXE when your network card already can but still....

     Mike Castle      dalgoda at ix.netcom.com      www.netcom.com/~dalgoda/
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