I need to change my filesystem to the NTFS filesystem from ext4, but the disks tool reports that the current disk is in use, which is obvious. How can I format my disk using terminal before booting? Or how do I go around this error?


Boot into a live environment from a CD / USB drive and format your disk from there.

Also obviously make sure you copy all of your data off first and have backups, you can't "change" a filesystem, only completely remove one and replace it with another empty one.

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    One easy-to-use live environment is GParted. – Sparhawk Aug 14 at 9:54

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