[CentOS] Re: What's the best way to convert a whole set of file systems?

Scott Silva ssilva at sgvwater.com
Wed Mar 14 23:29:21 UTC 2007

Mark Hull-Richter spake the following on 3/14/2007 12:03 PM:
> I am currently running a Windows XP system at home with around 100+ Mb
> in use over ~400Mb of NTFS file systems.  I am installing CentOS 4.4 on
> it when I change out the mobo/cpu/mem/video combo I just bought.  I want
> to convert all the file systems to (probably) Reiserfs or maybe ext3,
> but I need to do them one at a time because I only have enough transfer
> space to accommodate the largest one, or at least that’s my belief. 
> That would mean at least two copies per partition converted, and I have
> six partitions to convert, from ~14Gb to over 85Gb (in one, only – the
> rest are 30Gb or smaller).
> 1)       Is there a good way to do whole fs conversions, specifically
> from NTFS to reiserfs or ext3?
> 2)       Do I even need to do this (i.e., do any of the CentOS/Linux
> kernels support read AND write to NTFS)?
> 3)       Is there, by any chance, and in-place converter from NTFS to
> any Linux fs, preferably reiserfs or ext3?
> Also, the last time I installed CentOS on a system (I’ve done about six
> or seven so far) I don’t remember seeing reiserfs as one of the
> supported fs’s for configuring during the installation process – am I
> blind or is this really the case?  I like reiserfs primarily because it
> is really good with many small files, and I have tons of them – around
> 100k files under 10k.
Are you replacing XP? If so, back up the files you want to keep (a cd should
hold it all if you zip it first if there are many small files), install linux,
and restore the files from cd.


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