aftermath of an ubuntu installation

Nils Kassube kassube at
Mon Mar 3 12:44:03 UTC 2008

Donny George wrote:
> how could i possible convert hda 5 to ntfs

OK, I should have explained it earlier. Be careful with this procedure 
because you could possibly make your entire disk unusable. Open a 
terminal and type this command:

sudo fdisk /dev/hda

That will give you a new prompt within the fdisk program. Use the "p" 
command (without quotes) to display the partition table and verify it is 
the trouble disk. Use the "t" command. It will ask for a partition 
number. Enter "5" to select the hda5 partition. Now it asks for the hex 
code you want to use. Enter "7". Now it tells you that the partition type 
is changed to HPFS/NTFS. Verify the new type of /dev/hda5 with the "p" 
command. If there is something wrong, you can still quit the program with 
the "q" command and start again because until now nothing is written to 
the disk. Only if it is OK, use the "w" command to write the modified 
partition table to the disk.

Then mount the partition with this command:

sudo mount /dev/sda5 /mnt

If the command succeeds without error message you can check if there are 
still data on the partition. If there are data you can find them in 
the /mnt directory now.


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