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Old 07-04-2006, 04:41 PM   #1
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How to reformat an NTFS partition to FAT32 and then mount it for Linux

I have a 200 GB HD (really about 186 GB). 70 GB is devoted to Windows XP Pro. And two other partitions, (about 44 and 45 GB), both formatted NTFS. The rest (about 25 GB) is devoted to Suse Linux 10.1. I want to reformat 1 of those 2 partitions, that is currently NTFS, to FAT32 so I can write to it in Linux. Also I need to mount it, (if it isn't already). Windows, as far as I know, only offers to format NTFS. Can somebody please tell me how to format FAT32. And, if I need to, how to mount that partition, (and if I need to).

During installation of Linux, several mount points were created. They are (according to the utility in Linux, "Storage Devices"): /media/floppy on /dev/fd0 size 0 B, /windows/C on /dev/sda1 size 70.3 GB, /windows/D on /dev/sda2 size 43.9 GB, /windows/E on /dev/sda3 size 45.4 GB, / on /dev/sda6 size 10.0 GB, /home on /dev/sda7 size 14.6 GB, /sys/kernel/de... on debugfs size 0 B and /dev on udev size 1,006.2 MB,(so that partition may already be mounted; I don't know, also, if it is already mounted will the reformatting cause any problems?).



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Old 07-04-2006, 05:01 PM   #2
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From most Linux distributions, you can use one of the mkfs.... commands in /sbin/ to create a new file system (i.e., "format") a device. To create a FAT32 file system, use the mkfs.vfat command. See man mkfs.vfat for details.

To mount the new file system every time you boot, add a line to /etc/fstab somewhat like these from mine:
$ cat /etc/fstab | grep vfat
/dev/hdg1               /var/share/z            vfat    rw,uid=peter,gid=peter  1 0
/dev/hdc1               /mnt/Win98/c            vfat    rw,uid=peter,gid=peter  0 0
/dev/hdc2               /mnt/Win98/d            vfat    rw,uid=peter,gid=peter  0 0
Again, see man fstab for details.


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