[svlug] Formatting to NTFS

Bill Ward bill at wards.net
Mon Oct 12 13:09:28 PDT 2009

But if there is nothing formatted as NTFS will Vista still install itself?
Maybe if there are no partitions at all, it will do the partitioning.

I agree that once you have a working Vista install, you can use gparted to
shrink the partition and create a Linux partition, but getting back to that
original state is the problem here.

On Mon, Oct 12, 2009 at 1:03 PM, Jeremiah Wuenschel <
jeremiah.wuenschel at gmail.com> wrote:

> Your best bet may be to use "gparted" from a live cd. Just delete your
> current partitions and have Vista re-create them on installation. You can
> then come along with the Ubuntu installation cd and ask it to shrink your
> existing NTFS partition rather than using the whole thing. As long as you
> don't need to keep what is on the drive now, this would probably be the path
> of least resistance.
> On Mon, Oct 12, 2009 at 12:47 PM, Skip Evans <skip at bigskypenguin.com>wrote:
>> 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:
>> https://help.ubuntu.com/community/WindowsDualBoot#Resizing%20partitions%20with%20Windows%20Vista
>> To shrink the Vista partition to give Ubuntu enough room.
>> Thanks,
>> Skip
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