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    Reformatting HOME partition to NTFS

    I have a /home partition right now formatted as ext3. I am thinking about reformatting it to NTFS so when I boot the pc to Windows7 I can read my files.

    Steps I'm thinking about doing:
    1. Backup all files
    2. Format partition to NTFS
    3. Restore all files

    sda4 is my /home partition and since I'm just reformatting it, it will remain as sda4. /home

    Will this create a problem for me?

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    Re: Reformatting HOME partition to NTFS

    Yes it's a problem
    You should not use windows file systems in Linux - at least not as part of the system.
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    Re: Reformatting HOME partition to NTFS

    NTFS does not support the same filesystem characteristics like permissions that Unix-styled filesystems like ext4 do. You cannot use an NTFS filesystem as /home.

    What you can do is partition the drive and create a separate, NTFS-formatted partition that you can share between the operating systems. Or else write everything from both OS's to shared network locations.
    If you ask for help, please have the courtesy to check for responses and thank the people who helped you.

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    Re: Reformatting HOME partition to NTFS

    Thanks...Glad I asked before doing it

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    [SOLVED] Re: Reformatting HOME partition to NTFS

    Marked as solved. Will just use a separate partition to share as SeijiSensei suggested.

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