Visit Jeremy's Blog.
Go Back > Forums > Linux Forums > Linux - Newbie
User Name
Linux - Newbie This Linux forum is for members that are new to Linux.
Just starting out and have a question? If it is not in the man pages or the how-to's this is the place!


  Search this Thread
Old 01-04-2006, 02:49 PM   #1
LQ Newbie
Registered: Aug 2004
Posts: 24

Rep: Reputation: 15
NTFS + Converting to be able to use in Linux?

Ok so I'm currently using Windows XP on this machine but want to move over to Linux. But here's the thing - I've got like ~500 gigs of stuff on my harddrives taht I really don't want to get rid of. Is there any (safe) way to convert these harddrives from NTFS to a format that Linux can use. I've read that Linux can not see NTFS drives but can't write to them. Which isn't much good either. The stuff on the harddrives is mostly MP3s and Movies, which I would really like to be able to use in Linux.
Any help?
Old 01-04-2006, 02:57 PM   #2
LQ Newbie
Registered: Apr 2005
Location: Black Hawk, Colorado
Distribution: Ubuntu
Posts: 26

Rep: Reputation: 15
If you have some free space to work with, you can move things from the NTFS drives to Linux (like reiserfs or ext3) drives. But if you're requirement is to have them available to both Windows XP and Linux, then it sounds like converting to FAT32 is your only option (or the only one I'm aware of).
Old 01-04-2006, 03:04 PM   #3
Registered: Nov 2005
Location: Copenhagen
Distribution: Debian E, Vectorlinux 5.1std, Arch, Gentoo 2006.0
Posts: 576

Rep: Reputation: 30
Nomatter what you convert your NTFS partition into, I strongly recommend that you backup your data!

Looks like it's time to move things around a bit
Old 01-04-2006, 04:32 PM   #4
Registered: Dec 2004
Location: IN, USA
Distribution: debian etch
Posts: 402

Rep: Reputation: 30
The safest thing to do would be to get another hard drive that has enough space to fit everything on your largest current drive. Install linux on the new drive (ext3 or reiserfs), and then transfer everything from the your largest current drive to the new linux drive. Then you can format the old drive with whatever filesystem you want and move things from your other ntfs drive onto that one.
Old 01-04-2006, 04:34 PM   #5
LQ Veteran
Registered: Nov 2005
Location: Annapolis, MD
Distribution: Arch/XFCE
Posts: 17,802

Rep: Reputation: 738Reputation: 738Reputation: 738Reputation: 738Reputation: 738Reputation: 738Reputation: 738
Are you going to have dual-boot or just Linux?

For dual-boot, the best thing is to have FAT32 partition that both Windows and Linux can read and write.

What is you specific configuration---eg drives and sizes? Where is you data backed up?


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
converting from ntfs to ext3 xushi Slackware 26 09-24-2006 04:11 PM
Converting windows NTFS to Linux acceptable format??? A6Quattro Linux - General 2 07-12-2005 12:18 PM
Linux Filesystem - Converting NTFS to Ext2? Ngentot Linux - General 2 11-13-2004 12:58 AM
Converting Ext2 --> NTFS NonSumPisces Linux - General 11 10-28-2004 09:30 AM
Converting ntfs to vfat aneeshm Linux - Software 10 06-23-2004 01:08 PM > Forums > Linux Forums > Linux - Newbie

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 08:04 AM.

Main Menu
Write for LQ is looking for people interested in writing Editorials, Articles, Reviews, and more. If you'd like to contribute content, let us know.
Main Menu
RSS1  Latest Threads
RSS1  LQ News
Twitter: @linuxquestions
Facebook: linuxquestions Google+: linuxquestions
Open Source Consulting | Domain Registration