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Old 07-27-2011, 07:50 PM
sam tygier
Default -Convert HDD From EXT4 To NTFS Without Data Lose ???

On 27/07/11 20:30, Rashkae wrote:

On 07/27/2011 08:57 AM, Jesse Palser wrote:

[11.04]-Convert HDD From EXT4 To NTFS Without Data Lose ???


How would I convert a hard drive
from EXT4 to Microsoft NTFS
without data lose and formatting?



If you were crazy and desperate enough, and have more than 50% free space on the drive, you can shrink the ext4, create an NTFS drive in the vacant space, move your data from ext4 partition to ntfs, reformat ext4 partition as ntfs, move data from the original ntfs to the new one at the start of the drive, delete the second ntfs partition, then expand the first ntfs partition to fill the drive space.

Sounds like a great way to tempt Murphy into total disaster, however. I only mention it for laughs.

You can go further and crazier. if you have 10% free, then by repeated resizing, copy, and moving, you could achieve it in 10 steps.

sensible answer is that if you have important data on that disk then you ought to have a backup of it anyway. so reformat the disk and restore it from the backup.

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