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Old 09-17-2003, 03:55 PM   #1
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Reformatting NTFS to ext3

I have cleared my NTFS parition of all useful data, and I now want to make it fully usable for Linux. How do I go about reformatting it as ext3?

Old 09-17-2003, 04:49 PM   #2
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I would make a backup first off. Most likely under windows.

- Format the drive as you please
- Use Samba to get the backup on your newly formatted drive.

I'm sorry, I don't know how to format drives without losing the data on them.
Old 09-17-2003, 05:52 PM   #3
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as root, type:

cfdisk /dev/hda

Choose your NTFS partition and format it and go to "Type" and choose #82, "Linux".

Then write out.

Once that is done, type the "mkfs -t ext3 /dev/hda#" command (replace # with the former NTFS partition).

I recommend reiserfs though.


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