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Thread: How to format internal hard drive to NTFS?

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    How to format internal hard drive to NTFS?

    I want to install Vista onto a Thinkpad. The problem comes up when I used the Windows Upgrade CD and it was not able to format my hard drive. It said that it could only format hard drives in NTFS. I am not very experienced with GParted and I tried toying around with it, but no luck. So, is there a way to format to NTFS in Ubuntu? Thanks in advance!

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    Re: How to format internal hard drive to NTFS?

    easiest way to do it would be by using gparted.

    since you find it a bit hard to use. here are easy instructions:

    1. open gparted.
    2. if your hard drive doesn't have any partitions, click partition -> new and set the size of your choice and filesystem as ntfs.
    3. if it is already partitioned, then select the first partition and click partition -> format to ntfs.

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    Re: How to format internal hard drive to NTFS?

    http://linux.die.net/man/8/mkfs.ntfs

    mkfs.ntfs at the command prompt should work, such as

    sudo mkfs.ntfs /dev/hda3

    if that is the drive you want to format.

    IMF

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    Re: How to format internal hard drive to NTFS?

    Quote Originally Posted by x33a View Post
    easiest way to do it would be by using gparted.

    since you find it a bit hard to use. here are easy instructions:

    1. open gparted.
    2. if your hard drive doesn't have any partitions, click partition -> new and set the size of your choice and filesystem as ntfs.
    3. if it is already partitioned, then select the first partition and click partition -> format to ntfs.
    I am not able to select New under Partition. I have no other partitions in Ubuntu.

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    Re: How to format internal hard drive to NTFS?

    do you intend to dual boot your thinkpad, with ubuntu and vista?

    or you want only vista on the thinkpad?

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    Re: How to format internal hard drive to NTFS?

    You guys are dooshes, he wants to modify the partition's format to ntfs. not completely reformat it,
    in windows, open a commant prompt, and type CONVERT [driveletter]: /FS:NTFS
    or CONVERT [driveletter]: /FS:NTFS.
    it may come up with an error, say yes
    Last edited by wakojakop; January 27th, 2009 at 05:03 AM. Reason: new info

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