[svlug] Formatting to NTFS

Skip Evans skip at bigskypenguin.com
Mon Oct 12 13:14:22 PDT 2009

Oh, got it. Download this as a live CD and then format it from 


Jeff Shippen wrote:
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> (Forgot to CC to SVLUG)
> You can use GParted (a live linux cd specifically for partitioning).
> http://gparted.sourceforge.net/
> Formats NTFS as well, fairly easy to use.
> Jeff
> Skip Evans 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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