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    Hello, Guys

    I am trying to have a try about the windows 7 RC today and this question popups in front of me: Is it possible to convert EXT3 partition to NTFS partion without losing data? I have all my HD as EXT3. Maybe it does not make any sense, but ...

    Thanks,

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    I doubt it. windows doesn't even know how to read any other partitions
    than its own (very different form Linux which reads/writes to everything,
    including closed-source things like NTFS) partitions. If you want to try
    windows safely do it in a VM.

    Good luck.





    chinese ys wrote:
    > Hello, Guys
    >
    > I am trying to have a try about the windows 7 RC today and this
    > question popups in front of me: Is it possible to convert EXT3 partition
    > to NTFS partion without losing data? I have all my HD as EXT3. Maybe it
    > does not make any sense, but ...
    >
    > Thanks,
    >
    >

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    Default Re: EXT3 partition to NTFS

    Quote Originally Posted by chinese_ys View Post
    Hello, Guys

    I am trying to have a try about the windows 7 RC today and this question popups in front of me: Is it possible to convert EXT3 partition to NTFS partion without losing data? I have all my HD as EXT3. Maybe it does not make any sense, but ...

    Thanks,
    No. At least not that I know of.
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    Default Re: EXT3 partition to NTFS

    On Wed, 2009-06-10 at 20:06 +0000, chinese ys wrote:
    > Hello, Guys
    >
    > I am trying to have a try about the windows 7 RC today and this
    > question popups in front of me: Is it possible to convert EXT3 partition
    > to NTFS partion without losing data? I have all my HD as EXT3. Maybe it
    > does not make any sense, but ...


    What is "data"?

    If data means the contents of files... then ok, for most kinds of files.

    If data includes all of the filesystem properties, then NO.
    NTFS is NOT POSIX compatible, so can't even assume that.

    Things like special file types (e.g. even a symbolic link) don't
    translate and permissions and other attributes as well have no meaning
    in NTFS and some might be massaged into something "similar", but might
    take some work.



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