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I have a dual boot system with Windows 7 and Ubuntu 16.04 on a 500Gb hard drive. Here is what Ubuntu's Hard Disk analyser is showing me:

Hard Disk Analyser image

I want to release the bulk of Partition 3 (327Gb) which is currently allocated to Windows 7 for Ubuntu. I can shrink that partition using Windows 7 itself and then use GParted to create a new partition there which can be used by Ubuntu. However Partition 3 is currently formatted to NTFS.

So my question is when I create that new partition will GParted automatically reformat to ext3? If not can it remain NTFS and still be used by Ubuntu?

All help gratefully received with thanks.

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Yes and No!

When you create a new partition using GParted, it gives you an option to format to your choice of FSType. If you dont format, the partition become unusable.

TO install Ubuntu you need ext[n] type partition at least for system directories like /,/boot, /var. I am not sure if you can have /home on NTFS or FAT partition. If you are unsure or dont want separate partitions, then its better to create a single ext4 partition for /.

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  • Thanks very much for your answer. I ended up with a 'demountable' drive which was EVEN BETTER than what I had expected. But now I have enough space to move most of my non regular stuff from the /home partition.
    – Purvez
    Jun 13, 2017 at 19:43

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