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Old 01-27-2005, 06:19 PM   #1
aquiferous
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Formatting Existing Partition?


I'm trying to install Slackware 10.0 and want to format an existing NTFS partition to ex2 to use without wiping the rest of the drive (the partition is 6GB on a 60GB drive). Is there any way I can do this with software or can I do it through Slackware, and if the latter, can someone explain how? Thanks!
 
Old 01-27-2005, 06:29 PM   #2
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First discover the name of the file system (/dev/hda3, /dev/hda4...)

You can also do

cfdisk /dev/hda

assuming the NTFS partition is on /dev/hda

Once in cfdisk, you can look at the table what the name of the NTFS file system is. DO NOT WRITE TO DISK WHEN EXITING cfdisk.

After you are __sure__ which is the NTFS partition, do

mkfs -t ext3 /dev/hda3

or whatever your partition file system name is.

I recommend using ext3 instead of ext2

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