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i don't know if it is possible but if so i'd like to know how,

 

without losing any data i mean :)

cheers

 

anyweb

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If your kernel supports ntfs and you have enough free space to store the whole ntfs partition, you can do the following:

 

assuming your current kernel supports ntfs format

and you have lots of free space some place

 

mount [ -t ntfs ] /dev/hdaxxx /mnt/ntfs

- du /mnt/ntfs  -- tells you how much spare space you need

 

cd /mnt/ntfs ; tar zcf /some-place-with-tons-of-space/ntfs.tgz *

 

umount /mnt/ntfs

 

#

# be sure you have your data saved first ...

#

mke2fs -j /dev/hdaxxx

 

mount /dev/hdaxxx /mnt/ntfs

cd /mnt/ntfs ; tar zxvfp -  /some-place-with-tons-of-space/ntfs.tgz

 

sync ; umount /mnt/ntfs

 

put the data where you want it ... /mnt/real-ntfs-mount

Since Partition Magic 8.0 supports ext3 and ntfs, maybe it can convert it on the fly, but i can't seem to find any info on that.

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