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linux on external hd on ntfs and fat32

by trolyy / October 17, 2007 4:48 AM PDT


I am wanting to install ubuntu on my external HDD after my windows attempt failed (but that?s a different topic). Will ubuntu install and run on an ntfs file system? Secondly my external drive is partitioned 30 GB (will be Linux, ntfs) and 200GB (has backed up data, ntfs at the moment but going to format it in FAT32 ). My internal HDD is a mixture of everything and I am maxed out on partitions on that one, so forget about that. I heard of ntfs-3g but it doesn?t look straight forward to install.
Any feed back would be welcome.


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Sound like you are a linux newbie...
by ahtoi / October 17, 2007 12:17 PM PDT

Do you really want to missaround with things like ntfs-3g? Get some live-cd linux distro and have fun with it. No file systems to worry about.

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yeah im useless on linux
by trolyy / October 18, 2007 5:40 AM PDT

only because iv just turned 17, and iv done everything on windows, im fairly advanced in windows and im not afraid to mess around with my xp, but iv just never used linux and it seemed like a good idea, since its free. so i have now put ubuntu on, and if i dont like that distro then i also have mandrake ready on a CD to try as well, if needed.

maybe once i get use to linux i will have the confidence to do things Happy


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Another Linux Noob
by crazeebob2000 / October 19, 2007 1:25 PM PDT

I've had Ubuntu 7.04 and PCLinuxOS 2007 on a dual boot system with Windows XP. So far I like the PCLOS much better. I guess it all comes down to personal preference.

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Sorry if this is too technical.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / October 20, 2007 12:35 AM PDT

For any OS to boot and run, the boot drive file system must be supported in it's core code. NTFS is added later after the OS has booted. I'm sure someone, somewhere has created a kernel with such in the base OS but it's not in the version we'll use today.

Hope this helps,


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