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Half-man

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how to add a ntfs hdd in the media center?
« on: October 28, 2007, 09:56:02 pm »
oki. so...  i have now Linux media center..   and i have a ntfs hdd that all my media is on,  and i cant get it to show in the media center.. how can i add media in that?

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Re: how to add a ntfs hdd in the media center?
« Reply #1 on: October 29, 2007, 02:25:43 am »
oki. so...  i have now Linux media center..   and i have a ntfs hdd that all my media is on,  and i cant get it to show in the media center.. how can i add media in that?

Linux does not "officialy" support NTFS file systems. NTFS is proprietary to Microsoft. Although you can install packages that will allow reading of ntfs formated drives, writing to them within linux is risky and not recommended.

your best option is probably to install it on a win box and mount it as a samba share...OR convert the NTFS to FAT32 file system. FAT32 is supported (read + write) in linux.

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Re: how to add a ntfs hdd in the media center?
« Reply #2 on: October 30, 2007, 09:09:16 am »
so.. can i convert the disk whit out Formating it, or move the data?   


i don't have 500 GB free space on other computers on my network...

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Re: how to add a ntfs hdd in the media center?
« Reply #3 on: October 30, 2007, 03:13:54 pm »
so.. can i convert the disk whit out Formating it, or move the data?   


i don't have 500 GB free space on other computers on my network...

You can do it with Partition magic (commercial software)
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Converts partitions among FAT, FAT32, and NTFS without losing data

Also have a look at the gparted live disk (FOSS) - http://gparted.sourceforge.net/livecd.php. I have used it to convert other file systems with success, but never ntfs-to-fat so I cannot comment on if it will do the conversion without some loss, but it's worth looking at. I've used it for data recovery, partitioning and formating drives.

keep in mind that converting a 500GB partition will take quite a bit of time. It's always a good idea to backup any valuable data before modifying your drives.
« Last Edit: October 30, 2007, 03:25:38 pm by pixelator »

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Re: how to add a ntfs hdd in the media center?
« Reply #4 on: October 30, 2007, 03:59:44 pm »
You can wait for 0710 that has NTFS support built in?

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Re: how to add a ntfs hdd in the media center?
« Reply #5 on: October 30, 2007, 10:05:41 pm »
You can wait for 0710 that has NTFS support built in?

but... will that work whit the MCE?

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Re: how to add a ntfs hdd in the media center?
« Reply #6 on: October 30, 2007, 10:14:52 pm »
LMCE 0710 is supposed to get all the improvements from the Ubuntu/Kubuntu line + other fixes and improvements.
Kubuntu/Ubuntu 0710 (released last week) has native support for NTFS