[CentOS] Changing from NTFS to ext3

John Summerfield debian at herakles.homelinux.org
Fri Mar 16 21:44:03 UTC 2007

Florin Andrei wrote:
> John Summerfield wrote:
>> There's a field called "type" You don't want it set to "mountable 
>> filesystem" - commonly called hpfs/ntfs.
>> Use fdisk to list the partitions and see. Also, I think XP plays games 
>> with the space, reserves some outside partitions.
> It would be nice if mke2fs could look at the partition type (if it's a 
> true disk partition, and not a file mounted -o loop or something like 
> that) and give a warning if the partition type is not 83 (Ext2/3).

mke2fs is not a partitioning tool, it's for creating filesystems. 
Doesn't need to be on a device:

dd if=/dev/zero of=/tmp/ext-fs seek=$((4*1024*1024)) count=0
mke2fs -F -q /tmp/ext-fs

and it doesn't need to be partitioned. one could
mke2fs /dev/sda

> I guess that would complicate the application logic quite a bit, but I 
> lost count how many times I reformatted a partition and forgot to kick 
> the partition type with fdisk. :-/



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