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Old 01-29-2010, 03:45 PM   #1
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Does changing FAT32 into NTFS create problem in GRUB menu?


Since last last week i've installed Windows 7 and OpenSuSe 11.2 linux several time in my laptop. Each time i do something and Linux boot menu disappears and i again install both operating system. I have installed linux for the first time 6 days before in my life.

I am trying to live without windows. I know i can't for more few months as there is problem in every step for me.

Now i have both os running perfectly and boot menu appearing perfectly.

There are 3 partitions in FAT32 created while installing linux for Windows files. Now i want to change it in to NTFS. All drive are empty.
##1 Is it ok if i reformat it in windows 7 and change to NTFS?
##2 Does it creates problem in GRUB boot menu?
##3 Is there any way to do this from Linux without any problem?
##4 Is there any way to change FAT32 into NTFS without affecting GRUB?

I'm tired by installing again and again. I don't want any more trouble for next 1 month.

I am looking for different views so i can understand more...
Old 01-29-2010, 04:07 PM   #2
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A clarifying question...

You have one HDD with Win 7 and openSUSE 11.2, dual booting with Grub as the bootloader, chainloading the Win 7 bootloader? Since you have a maximum of four primary partitions, where do you have the FAT32 partitions? Are they logical partitions on an extended partition? Does Win 7 see them as part of the Win 7 installation?

If Win 7 sees them in its partitioning tool, you should be able to convert the FAT32 format to NTFS with the Win 7 partitioner without it making any difference at all. At the worst, you will have to repair the Win 7 bootloader with the Win 7 DVD. Grub should not be affected at all.

More detail would be of help and a copy of your partition table. As "su" in a terminal use the command "fdisk -l" and post back with the results.

Just to start you on your way in the new world.

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Old 01-29-2010, 04:10 PM   #3
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partiation is free no files

thanks for the suggestion...

there are 4 partiation for windows 7

C: already NTFS where win 7 is installed
D: E: F: all are in FAT32 and empty.

Any solution?
Old 01-29-2010, 04:46 PM   #4
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I changed...

I made a reply then edited my first reply, but your post confirms my revised answer to your question. The Win 7 "Disk Management" tool, or what they now call it, should convert the FAT32 file format to NTFS. Notice that you should convert, not format the FAT32 partitions

If the conversion causes any change in the notations of the partition table that Win 7 notices, it may not boot and will require repair using the Win 7 installation DVD.

I take it your laptop has two HDDs and you have Win 7 on one and linux on the other; what make and model is it?

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