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P@S@f 01-08-2013 06:18 PM

I'm here for great justice
Hello to all..

I come here from google, trying to found how to convert NTFS to some Linux ext fs (ext2, ext3, ext4).

But with help of some not knowledgeable people to found the solution I had to spent about 4 hours, because in top of results when I input "ntfs to ext" was links to answers like "no", "it's impossible", "forget it", "you can do it just by shrink ntfs and copying files through it again and again and again.."
BUT it is LIE and OLD information! Currently it is POSSIBLE! And you can do it easily! I will post solution in this thread (I know that it is bit old, but it was on top of google results, believe me)


Dman58 01-08-2013 07:18 PM

How about connecting a different drive, format to the desired filesystem, transfer files from NTFS drive and go from there.

P@S@f 01-08-2013 07:25 PM

Oh dammit.. again. It is WORSE, OLD, LAZY and STUPID solution!!! I found a bit kind of this in google...

Are you thinking that all have a tons of free drives?

How about if drive is 3Tb and with 99% used space?

And come on, I'm not asking you, I give you a better solution (go to the thread and read).

Dman58 01-08-2013 07:59 PM

Maybe not the answer you wanted but it is a viable work around given an extra drive be available.

What is the purpose of the original post if you had the answer anyway?

Are you trying to start a Not so much FAQ?

What justice are you really fulfilling?

P@S@f 01-08-2013 08:15 PM

Did you read my first post?

If you read it carefully, perhaps twice, you will not have so much questions.

I came here not for answer, but to help people, who search it, found correct answer. Cause in google if you type question like "how can I convert my damn ntfs drive to ext" you found in top thousands of worse answers like "you need additional drive..", "you need to shrink ntfs and create ext4 partition and then copy files, and then enlarge ext4 partition, and then again copy files, and do it 100 000 times", like was here, before I post correct and cheap solution. It is just to pick up correct answers from bottom to top of the google. Believe me, I spent 4 hours, before I found easy and cheap solution. Just wanna to share it with world.

lupusarcanus 01-09-2013 06:06 AM

Why do you need Windows system and program files on Linux? It seems easier to me to just get the files you need and go from there. I can't see how this program is going to work but I might try it on a USB stick later.
Anyways... Welcome to LQ.

P@S@f 01-09-2013 09:16 AM

You misunderstood the situation. I do not need program files on Linux.

This hard drive has nothing nor with Windows nor with Linux. It's content not depend on OS. This hard drive is for movies. It is now connected to notebook with windows, later, I will buy Ouya and convert this drive to ext or xfs for better performance with Android/Linux.

273 01-09-2013 09:24 AM

That "solution" looks risky and very much "in beta". So you would have to have a backup of your data anyhow (which you ought to have regardless).
This begs the questions of why not just backup, wipe and start again with a fresh ext3 (or ext4, or Btrfs) partition?

ruario 01-09-2013 09:45 AM

P@S@f, you come across as kinda angry. Not sure if that is intentional or you are joking around. ;) Nonetheless, it is good to have an alternative solution though as 273 points out, arguably it is not actually the best solution. The very fact that nobody else suggested this, implies this software is not widely used and hence not (yet) widely tested. Whilst copying to another disk and back might seem like more hassle (or occasionally be impractical) it is certainly safer. So whilst it is good to offer an alternative there really is no need to completely trash the other approaches, for others out there they might actually be the better options.

273 01-09-2013 09:50 AM

I might well give this program a go, if I thought it would be quicker than wiping and restoring from backup. But I'd have a backup anyway so it would have to be much quicker and I'd have to have a reason to need it to be.
I'm not so much criticising the program, as I know it may have uses, but questioning the approach of simply chancing your data to an unknown program.

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