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Old 01-30-2008, 02:42 PM   #1
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ext3 to ntfs


i am having a severe problem with linux...
i have feora core 6 on the system and no partition
now i cant install windows since the file system is not supported.
tell me to craete a partition and convert its file system type to ntfs.

thank you..........
Old 01-30-2008, 03:10 PM   #2
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Do you mean that you have used your whole disk for Fedora Core, and that you would like to shrink the existing partition(s) to create empty space, into which you wanted to create a new NTFS partition to install Windows onto? Or did I get you wrong (if so, correct me, please)?

Basically all you need is a live-cd (like Knoppix or Ubuntu Desktop disc or such), which has a partitioning program like GPartEd on it. Boot from the live-cd, make sure that the harddisk partitions are _not_ mounted (or else the following will fail), start GPartEd (or if you use another app, that), select your harddisk from the drop-down list, then select the partition you want to shrink (an ext3 partition I suppose), right-click on it with your mouse and select the option to shrink/move that partition. In the window that opens just resize the partition so that enough empty space is left over, and accept changes. After the window closes, select to commit changes in the main window, and wait a few moments. After that you should be able to boot from your Windows setup disc and have it create a new partition to the empty space, or if you like, before quitting the live-cd you can use the partitioning program to create a new partition that fills the empty space you just created. Set it's filesystem type to FAT32 (VFAT) for example, that's something Windows surely detects (and remember to ask Windows setup to format it to NTFS rather than FAT if you like).

Shortly: obtain a live-cd (Ubuntu Desktop combined live+install cd is good), boot from it, start GPartEd (or equivalent) and use it to resize and organize your partition layout so that there's free (unpartitioned) space or a FAT partition that Windows recognizes. Reboot and enjoy. And remember: the partitions you deal with need to be unmounted before doing anything (that's why you're using a live-cd and not your default installation).


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