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bettyhills 02-02-2010 11:31 PM

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?

AMD 1700 2.66ghz, 1gb memory, 80gb HDD plus 60gb HDD, Nvidia TNT2 AGP Video, DVD +/-RW, running Ubuntu Intrepid Ibex 8.10 Standard Desktop installation

chrism01 02-03-2010 12:36 AM

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.

ongte 02-03-2010 12:36 AM

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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