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Old 04-28-2008, 05:50 AM   #1
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Unhappy Installing Linus on NTFS partition


Hello,

I have recently joined this forum.I have few quesions related to Linux OS.Iam currently using XP OS and I want to install Linux(Ubuntu) on a separate partition which is NTFS formatted.The partition on which XP is installed is FAT32 formatted.Pls tell me whether I can install Linux on NTFS partition or not??
If yes,then pls tell me the step by step procedure for installing the same.
If No,then pls suggest other options.P.S:I have another partition which is FAT32 formatted,but it it full of data.I can transfer all data to NTFS partition and make this partition free for Linux.

If Linus can be installed on any of above file syatems,pls suggest the best option between the two file systems.

Regards,
 
Old 04-28-2008, 05:54 AM   #2
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If Linus can be installed on any of above file syatems,pls suggest the best option between the two file systems.
Will Linus be happy? I suppose if there is a contended penguin after its fill of herring then Linus might be happy.

But you better ask Linus which file system HE prefers.
 
Old 04-28-2008, 06:11 AM   #3
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By the way, I don't think Linux can be installed on an NTFS partition. But you can keep your NTFS or FAT32 partitions with your data on them and Linux will mount them and you an read your data no problems.
 
Old 04-28-2008, 06:12 AM   #4
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It's LINUX,Linus is the name of some wierd guy.About your question,NTFS isn't good for Linux.Choose one partition and format it with ext3 or RAISERFS,then you can install Linux on it.This options will be available to you during Ubuntu installation.
 
Old 04-28-2008, 07:02 AM   #5
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Install Linux on ext3 for starters. After you are more advanced you can determine if another file system would have any advantages for you.

Please post a complete description of what is on your drive(s). For example, it there any empty (unpartitioned) space? Do you have data in any / all of the partitions.

If you can move data off of one partition, then that may be the easiest. (How big is it) The Linux installer will let you re-format the partition to ext3.

Why Windows XP on FAT32 and not NTFS?


Also--be sure to back up any critical data before doing any of this.
 
Old 04-28-2008, 09:21 AM   #6
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In case you really can't make space for a dedicated ext3 partition, you can use the wubi installer. It is already implemented in Ubuntu 8.04. With that you can pop in the ubuntu cd in windows and install ubuntu like a program.
The way I understand it, it will create a fake file system inside the ntfs partition. But it's not a virtual machine, it should be very close to a real install, except for file system performance I figure.

Last edited by oskar; 04-28-2008 at 09:22 AM.
 
Old 04-28-2008, 10:42 AM   #7
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Smile printing

I am running Linux Mint and want to know how to print over the network?
My network is working fine but can not get it to see hp printer on an other computer on the network.
Joe T.
 
Old 04-28-2008, 02:15 PM   #8
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I am running Linux Mint and want to know how to print over the network?
My network is working fine but can not get it to see hp printer on an other computer on the network.
Joe T.
Welcome to LQ!! Please don't hijack a thread like this...especially when your question is totally unrelated.

Search first, then post a new thread.
 
Old 04-28-2008, 06:09 PM   #9
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Installing *Linux* on NTFS Partition

I believe that it would possible but why would you want to
have Linux on NTFS?. Ext2 or Ext3{Dont forgert RAISERFS} is so much better
No need for Disk Defragmantation :]
 
Old 04-29-2008, 12:07 AM   #10
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Iam really a lot more confused now.Iam thinking of moving all that data from Fat32 partition to NTFS Partition and install Linux On Fat32 partition.But,Iam really disappointed with Linux's operation issues with NTFS partition.
One more question: Can I access the data on Linux partition while working in XP??
Is 5 GB of space enough for installing Linux??

Regards,
 
Old 04-29-2008, 05:12 AM   #11
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Iam really a lot more confused now.Iam thinking of moving all that data from Fat32 partition to NTFS Partition and install Linux On Fat32 partition.But,Iam really disappointed with Linux's operation issues with NTFS partition.
One more question: Can I access the data on Linux partition while working in XP??
Is 5 GB of space enough for installing Linux??

Regards,
That was TWO more questions....

All of my shared data is on ext3 partitions. For the rare occasion that I use Windows, I use the ext2fsd driver to access them.

When you install Linux, use ext3. The installer should allow you to change the partition type and re-format.

Please answer my earlier question--details on your setup.
 
  


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