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Old Nov 4, 2012, 12:05 AM   #1
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ntfs to ext3 without data loss

is it possible to do such conversion?
if so, how?
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Old Nov 4, 2012, 12:22 AM   #2
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is it possible to do such conversion?
if so, how?
You need to move data off the drive, reformat it as you choose, then move data back.
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Old Nov 4, 2012, 12:23 AM   #3
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thats the only choice?
There's no possibility like when going fat -> ntfs,
to leave data on disk?
i have two 1TB disks but both are loaded with too much data
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Old Nov 4, 2012, 12:24 AM   #4
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thats the only choice?
There's no possibility like when going fat -> ntfs,
to leave data on disk?
i have two 1TB disks but both are loaded with too much data
No, you can't reformat the drive without destroying data stored on it. Why do you need a different format?
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Old Nov 4, 2012, 12:29 AM   #5
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i have both in ntfs format as i used only a pc, but now only using mac
also i have those disks plugged to a router, using them as NFS and it would be better to be ext3 at the moment
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Old Nov 4, 2012, 12:31 AM   #6
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i have both in ntfs format as i used only a pc, but now only using mac
also i have those disks plugged to a router, using them as NFS and it would be better to be ext3 at the moment
You can read NTFS drives from Mac OS X. If you want to read/write to NTFS from Mac OS X, you can use Paragon, as an alternative to changing the format.

NTFS (Windows NT File System)
  • Read/Write NTFS from native Windows.
  • Read only NTFS from native Mac OS X
  • To Read/Write/Format NTFS from Mac OS X, here are some alternatives:
    • For Mac OS X 10.4 or later (32 or 64-bit), install Paragon ($19.95) (Best Choice for Lion and Mountain Lion)
    • For Mac OS X 10.5 and later, including Lion, FUSE for OS X
    • For 32-bit Mac OS X, install NTFS-3G for Mac OS X (free) (does not work in 64-bit mode)
    • For 64-bit Snow Leopard, read this: MacFUSE for 64-bit Snow Leopard
    • Some have reported problems using Tuxera (approx $36), which is an enhanced version of NTFS-3G with faster performance.
    • Native NTFS support can be enabled in Snow Leopard and later versions, but is not advisable, due to instability.
  • AirPort Extreme (802.11n) and Time Capsule do not support NTFS
  • Maximum file size: 16 TB
  • Maximum volume size: 256TB
  • You can use this format if you routinely share a drive with multiple Windows systems.
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Old Nov 4, 2012, 12:56 AM   #7
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im aware of tuxura, which im currently using.
but i belive that ext3 will perform better, wouldnt it?
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