I recently partitioned a new drive in windows to NTFS. I want to make it ext3 so that I can transfer a WUBI Ubuntu installation onto it. I don't care about the data on this partition.

Is there a simple way to do this in either ubuntu or windows 7?

  • you can also use a tool i forget the name to mount ntfs drives, but need to mess with ftabs to automount and stuff like that
    – jgr208
    Commented Oct 7, 2014 at 17:31

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You can't convert, but can reformat the partition. Boot into Ubuntu or from a live CD and format the partition from there. Be careful not to format the wrong partition.

mkfs.ext3 /dev/hdx1
  • Is that enough, or will Linux need you to change the partition table partition type too before it'll be happy?
    – Rup
    Commented Oct 3, 2014 at 16:37
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    Linux generally doesn't care if the partition type is right, and it definitely does not if you explicitly specify it in /etc/fstab or in your mount command.
    – cdhowie
    Commented Oct 3, 2014 at 17:00

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