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Old 02-11-2005, 10:11 PM   #1
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-=-Changing my NTFS to FAT32-=-

i am going to install mandrake linux on my pc, and how do i change one of the partitions so it can be fat 32, im pretty sure, although not positive, that mandrake can only do fat32
Old 02-11-2005, 10:18 PM   #2
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ntfs filesystem support was back engineered (its ms proprietary) so while you can read from it (and write) i dont think it would be suggested to put your root directory on it. I think Partition Magic can resize NTFS (thus freeing up space for a FAT32) partition.
Old 02-11-2005, 10:20 PM   #3
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What I would do is get a program like Partition Magic. Thats the easiest way, merely involving a few clicks and a restart. I know what you're thinking: but thats not free. Well, browse around. Theres many ways to get stuff online.
Old 02-11-2005, 10:28 PM   #4
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Rather than changing your NTFS partition to FAT32,
just download a KNOPPIX Linux Live CD and use
QTParted to resize your drive and create the free
space you'll need for Linux. Then when you install
the new Linux OS to the free space you created, you
can format it with the tools available in Linux.

I've done this several times to laptops, but rather than
install Mandrake, I've installed Slackware. When you
are in the installation of Slackware you can format the
partition easily.


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