[svlug] Formatting to NTFS

Jeremiah Wuenschel jeremiah.wuenschel at gmail.com
Mon Oct 12 13:25:32 PDT 2009

The installer should create the NTFS partition itself if no partitions exist
(the xp installer definitely does). In fact, if I remember correctly, you
can press something during the start of the installer to allow you to delete
existing partitions. I'm not sure what the current state of NTFS
partitioning is in Linux, but when I was researching a couple of years ago,
the consensus was Caveat Emptor -- there are so many quirks to NTFS that the
only way to be certain it's formatted to Windows' liking is to let Windows
do it. The status of that may have changed, but I would personally just let
Windows create the partition.

On Mon, Oct 12, 2009 at 1:09 PM, Bill Ward <bill at wards.net> wrote:

> 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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