What partition formats does ubuntu support?
Question: I previously partitioned my secondary drive with windows to NTFS and I wanted to know if Ubuntu would still recognize it. I can't just reformat because I will loose all my information.
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Ubuntu and any other Linux distro can both read and write to any Windows NTFS or FAT32 file format partition or hard drive. That means full access, like to open, copy, paste, move, delete, modify, create new file, rename, etc. Also Ubuntu and other Linux can only read (access, open and copy) from any Mac HFS+ journaled file system partition or hard drive. However, you do not install Ubuntu on an NTFS or FAT32 partition, you will need to create and format 3 partitions specially for Ubuntu, during the Ubuntu install process, just choose the advanced install or manually specify partitions option when the installer gets to that. Partition 1 - a 1GB or 2GB partition for swap (a page file system cache, somewhat similar to ReadyBoost in Windows) Partition 2 - a 20GB ext4 partition, mounted as "/" (root) where all the Ubuntu system files will be installed Partition 3 - a 30GB or bigger ext4 partition, mounted as "/home" where all your personal data files and settings will be stored (kinda like the My Documents or Personal User File in Windows) All partitions above can be either primary or extended or any combination of the two.
From what I know I can tell you that I've installed VLC media player on a friend's Linux-Ubuntu computer and it was able to run AVI I think, it ran FLV video files which is a fairly uncommon file to want to play when it's a stand alone file, not embedded in a web page and it played that fine. You can definitely play mp3s, you may need to get a codec for wma and mp4s, but I think you should be able to get free codecs for them. I've downloaded and installed free codec packs for windows and mac that have supported all the types you question. I think it would be most likely you should be able to get them for linux too. Go search at download.com or do a web search for free linux codecs, you'll likely find something. Good luck.
It supports NTFS out of the box because NTFS and the Fuse filesystem are installed. Just don't except great performance. (30MB's for spinning drives). Fine for casual use but don't expect to run any databases or AAA games off of it.)
For Windows/PC, GOM Media Player. In my opinion, it's the best free media player out there for Windows. For Mac, go with VLC. It's compatible with almost any type of video file there is and can even repair some video problems on its own. This one's free to download too, and there's also a Windows version so you can use this one for PC too.
Linux will readily read/write to an NTFS partition. Windows will not read Linux ext3/ext4 partitions. LUg.
here is a fix from microsoft http://support.microsoft.com/kb/970101 read the resolution about half way down the page you need a windows 7 disk - but do not install win7,
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