[svlug] Formatting to NTFS

Skip Evans skip at bigskypenguin.com
Mon Oct 12 12:47:59 PDT 2009

Hey all,

I got a new Dell Latitude E6500 which came with Vista on it. 
When I went to install Ubuntu there was not enough room left 
so I tried to resize the partitions, but got them boofed up 
because, frankly, I don't know much about manually 
partitioning a drive, because I always choose defaults and the 
OS always does it fine for my needs.

So then I was unable to reinstall Vista from the CD that came 
with the laptop to start over. Right now I just have Ubuntu 
installed so I can use it, but now I need Vista back to use a 
camera I'm going to be doing some streaming with.

When I try to use the CD that came with the machine it says it 
cannot install it to the main partition Ubuntu created and 
that "Vista can only be installed on a partition formatted as 
NTFS," and it stops.

Is there a Linux utility I can use to reformat the whole drive 
so Vista then be restored? Then I'll use the Vistra shrink 
partition instructions I found via Ubuntuforums here:


To shrink the Vista partition to give Ubuntu enough room.

Skip Evans
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Madison WI 53703
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