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#1 2013-02-17 13:33:55

spurdo
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Registered: 2013-02-17
Posts: 12

NTFS back up partition

Hey,i got windows 7 installed now. I would love to replace it with #!,but i have my everything saved up in my D drive,which is formatted with NTFS. If i install #! on C,can i still be able to reach and use/modify those files? If i can't,please suggest a workaround. Thanks

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#2 2013-02-17 13:43:40

dura
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From: interzone
Registered: 2012-09-15
Posts: 2,108

Re: NTFS back up partition

Yes you can.

I think you might need to install the ntfs-3g package to give you read and write access:

sudo apt-get install ntfs-3g

You may want to install disk-manager to help you mount things. If you're feeling boring, just try sudo disk-manager and see if you can just mount it without ntfs-3g

Otherwise, use:

sudo fdisk -l

to identify your partitions. Then:

sudo mount /dev/sdaX /mnt

or something to mount it. Replace X with the partition number you see in fdisk.

Just to make sure- so you have 2 hdd's on your machine, rather than a few partitions of one hdd. When you install #!, ensure that you are not installing over the ntfs hdd or partition you want to keep. Make a live usb and then run sudo fdisk -l from within it, and post the output here to be certain.

Last edited by dura (2013-02-17 13:47:01)

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#3 2013-02-17 13:48:21

spurdo
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Registered: 2013-02-17
Posts: 12

Re: NTFS back up partition

oh,so  i don't have to convert it to ext4 to use it right?can i (should i?) convert it to ext4 without losing data?

Last edited by spurdo (2013-02-17 13:50:25)

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#4 2013-02-17 13:50:42

dura
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From: interzone
Registered: 2012-09-15
Posts: 2,108

Re: NTFS back up partition

Well, if you formatted it to ext4 then you would lose all the data on it.

If you are going to install #! you need to have the data you want to keep on a separate partition, or another disk.

Make a live usb and we can go through checks, installation, etc.

http://crunchbang.org/forums/viewtopic.php?id=23267

Or, just look at the partitions in Windows and tell us what they are.

Last edited by dura (2013-02-17 13:55:00)

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#5 2013-02-17 21:05:14

ivanovnegro
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From: unstable madness
Registered: 2011-06-02
Posts: 5,432

Re: NTFS back up partition

For me it would be logical, if you already want to replace Windows, to make a backup of all your data on another disk/USB/cloud etc. and then just install #! on it and not bother with having an internal NTFS partition on your system.

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