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Old 02-02-2010, 10:31 PM   #1
bettyhills
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Is it possible to format a system drive ntfs?


Is it possible to format a Fat32 Ubuntu system drive to ntfs leaving the program and data undisturbed?

I created a gparted liveCD and used it to format a slave drive to ntfs. It worked perfectly.

Can the gparted liveCD be used on the master drive similarly without destroying the existing files on it?
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Old 02-02-2010, 11:36 PM   #2
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I sincerely doubt it. Format programs usually do just that (format). They don't attempt to figure out what the current format is and re-write the files as they go. Besides, the 2 filesystem formats may have incompatible options eg ownerships/permissions etc.
 
Old 02-02-2010, 11:36 PM   #3
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I don't think there's a way to convert FAT32 to NTFS without losing data.

Anyhow, I don't understand how can a FAT32 partition be your Ubuntu System drive?
Ubuntu should be using ext3. Did you install it in Windows using Wubi?
 
  


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