"OK, I deleted a NTFS partition with the intention of turning it into a fat32 partition, but when i restored it (i didn't format), it just came back, with all the files that were originally on it, and when installed linux, it recognized it as a fat32 drive... anyways, how should I fix this discrepancy in fstab to recognize it as an NTFS drive?"
Partitioning and formatting are two different things. After you get the partition set up the way that you want then you run mkfs against the partition to create the file system type that you want. For example:
Suppose that the partition that you want to be a fat32 file system is /dev/hda3. Then make sure that /dev/hda3 is umounted. Then format /dev/hda3 as fat32. The following commands are useful:
tells you what partitions are mounted
will umount /dev/hda3
If you have a line for /dev/hda3 in /etc/fstab then comment it out with a # at the beginning of the line.
mkfs -t vfat /dev/hda3
will create a fat32 file system and wipe every file on that partition.
Then put a line for /dev/hda3 in /etc/fstab describing it as vfat.
If you just want to leave the file system as ntfs then put a line in /etc/fstab describing it as ntfs if such a line does not already exist.
See the man pages for mount, umount, and mkfs.
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