Changing 232.9 NTFS hd to EXT3

Thorny thorntreehome at
Sun Mar 22 14:19:53 UTC 2009

On Sat, 21 Mar 2009 10:21:30 -0700, Ted Hilts posted:

>[...]  I don't think the physical location and physical order of the hard
> drives is of any importance but rather the label of the hard drive is
> probably what the kernel looks for.

You may mount drives using the device node (i.e. /dev/sd(x) or Label
(which you can give it when you format it or later) or UUID which is given
it at format. You might want to have a look at the directory /dev/disk/
and/or the command blkid. Perhaps you would also benefit from reading the
manual page for mount.

>(3) Also, in my case, "/" is on it's own partition and the hard drive
>label designation could be labeled sda1 regardless of it's previous
>windows XP designation.  (4) Also it has occurred to me that I will have
>to change /etc/fstab to get rid of the windows designation of the hard
>drive I am converting so that the Linux designation of that drive
>replaces it.

Yep, fstab needs to point to the right designation.

Just to be clear, sda is the device node not the label but, probably, you
were using label in a generic sense.

>(5) Also, if I use the designation sda1 it would not be set as ACTIVE as
>it would be if  "/"
> (system root) was placed on it.

Grub doesn't care about which partition is set as active, that is
something that was necessary for DOS/Windows MBRs.

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