Take the 2-minute tour ×
Super User is a question and answer site for computer enthusiasts and power users. It's 100% free, no registration required.

I want to convert one partition of my windows which is NTFS (or can be FAT32) to a linux file system partitioning? I'm looking for some tools or ways to do it for me!

share|improve this question

migrated from stackoverflow.com Mar 12 '12 at 15:31

This question came from our site for professional and enthusiast programmers.

    
Are there files on this partition? –  iglvzx Mar 12 '12 at 15:58

2 Answers 2

AFAIK, there's no way to convert NTFS to ext4. These two FSs store information in much different way. Maybe what you can do is to move those files somewhere, then format the partition to ext4 and move them back.

share|improve this answer
1  
To expand on hexchain's idea, shrink the ntfs partition using a partition manager like gparted, make a ext4 partition, copy the files, delete the NTFS partition, expand the ext4 partition. But if you have a second drive/computer you can copy to, I would recommend using the 2nd drive instead. –  Scott Chamberlain Mar 12 '12 at 16:06
    
@Scott Chamberlain Wouldn't that take too much time to expand partition ...? –  hexchain Mar 12 '12 at 16:08
1  
Yes, which is why I recommend using a 2nd drive if it is a option, but some people do not have access to a second drive or computer. –  Scott Chamberlain Mar 12 '12 at 16:13
    
@Scott Chamberlain I see...it's so considerate of you. –  hexchain Mar 12 '12 at 16:15
    
OK how could I do that in windows? –  aakpro Mar 12 '12 at 18:07

Actually there IS a way to do this. But unfortunately, only in Linux.

You could easily convert NTFS to ext2 or ext3 with the software anyconvertfs from anyfs-tools

Then you could convert it to ext4 using tune2fs

share|improve this answer
    
This is a great idea... he can boot with a Live CD and perform this. –  Bigbio2002 Jan 9 '13 at 2:11

Your Answer

 
discard

By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.