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Old 09-21-2006, 02:35 AM   #1
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pb HD ext: change ntfs to ext3


I run Kubuntu dapper, I m quite happy
and want to move all my file on an ext3 file sys
(now they are on ntfs)

my hard drive is a freecom classic SL 250GB (usb2)
there are 3 partitions, 1 ext3 and 2 ntfs

my problem is I installed qtparted to format my partition
but he answer me unable to see my HD ext, (the one in my laptop is ok)

so I tried with knoppix, kubuntu and fedoracore install cd to do it
almost the same answer

I made the partitioning with swissnife software on windows
and format in ext3 with mandrake 10.1 on my old computer
in france one year ago (now i m in china)
the acces of my HD on kubuntu is good, no problem

and I have no Idea about how to solve this pb for now
so I m asking your help, even I don t know where to look
for search

I uninstalled qtparted because it s one week that I have this prob, and in the same time my laptop had some stability problem
that I m not realy sure where they come from
but my different partition are quite full until I fix
this partition prob

while I write to you, I also wonder what are the difference
between ext3, ext2 and the others
and more, I have everything under linux on ext3, is it the best choice

thanks for reading
Old 09-22-2006, 04:01 PM   #2
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I know of no way to convert ntfs to ext3, so I would mount the drive, copy the files off it, and then reformat it and copy them back on.

I use XFS which seems fast, and is known to be great for large(r) files like videos.
Old 09-24-2006, 08:52 AM   #3
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I succed to do what I wanted, here is what I ve done

I wanted to change dev/sdb1 mount as /media/sdb1
from ntfs to ext3 file system

qtparted doesn t work (don t know why)
can t see sdb, no problem with sda (HD inside)

so I ve done, #sudo mke2fs -j /dev/sdb1

mke2fs -change as ext2 file system
-j -option to put a journal with, means give ext3 file system

I ve done that 15 min ago
everything seems allright

I love when It s allright


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