NTFS drive not readable on Windows (Partition type: Linux)

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NTFS drive not readable on Windows (Partition type: Linux)

Post by pastic » Mon Aug 27, 2018 5:28 pm

I seem to have formatted an external USB drive as NTFS in Linux Mint and it not in Windows. As a result it is not recognized in Windows, which surprises me. I thought NTFS was NTFS no matter what OS did the formatting.

See below: Partition type for the external NTFS drive is "Linux"; on my other NTFS drives formatted in Windows it is specified as "NTFS/exFAT/HPFS". Is this to be expected?

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Re: NTFS drive not readable on Windows (Partition type: Linux)

Post by catweazel » Mon Aug 27, 2018 5:39 pm

pastic wrote:
Mon Aug 27, 2018 5:28 pm
I seem to have formatted an external USB drive as NTFS in Linux Mint and it not in Windows. As a result it is not recognized in Windows, which surprises me. I thought NTFS was NTFS no matter what OS did the formatting.

See below: Partition type for the external NTFS drive is "Linux"; on my other NTFS drives formatted in Windows it is specified as "NTFS/exFAT/HPFS". Is this to be expected?
Warning: Potentially destructive

fdisk should be able to fix this but it can wipe out your data if you do something wrong. If you can't backup that drive you'll have to decide if it's worth the risk.

https://www.howtogeek.com/106873/how-to ... -on-linux/

You need to change the System ID to 7 (HPFS/NTFS/exFAT)
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Re: NTFS drive not readable on Windows (Partition type: Linux)

Post by pastic » Mon Aug 27, 2018 5:50 pm

catweazel wrote:
Mon Aug 27, 2018 5:39 pm
fdisk should be able to fix this...
You need to change the System ID to 7 (HPFS/NTFS/exFAT)
There is no data on the drive so that will not be a problem. But I am trying to understand how this situation came about (what I might have done wrong). Are there different types of NTFS and I selected a "Linux-only" variant when formatting?
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Re: NTFS drive not readable on Windows (Partition type: Linux)

Post by catweazel » Mon Aug 27, 2018 5:53 pm

pastic wrote:
Mon Aug 27, 2018 5:50 pm
catweazel wrote:
Mon Aug 27, 2018 5:39 pm
fdisk should be able to fix this...
You need to change the System ID to 7 (HPFS/NTFS/exFAT)
There is no data on the drive so that will not be a problem. But I am trying to understand how this situation came about (what I might have done wrong).
Ok, if there's no data then repartitioning would be best. Perhaps exFAT would be better if your Windwoes is 10.

As to how the problem occurred, I can't honestly say.
pastic wrote:Are there different types of NTFS and I selected a "Linux-only" variant when formatting?
No. NTFS isn't native to linux so there is no "Linux-only" variant. I'd take the repartitioning route to get the experience. You can't do any harm to the drive by repartitioning.

https://www.howtoforge.com/partitioning_with_gparted

You might also try gparted. You might have to install it though.
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Re: NTFS drive not readable on Windows (Partition type: Linux)

Post by trytip » Mon Aug 27, 2018 8:37 pm

i don't EVER use disks to format anything. use gparted.

disks can't even decide on a name. the name is different in the menu it's different in synaptic and it's different running it in terminal
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Re: NTFS drive not readable on Windows (Partition type: Linux)

Post by Mark Phelps » Fri Sep 21, 2018 8:06 pm

As @catweazel said -- there is no "Linux-only"variant of NTFS -- as this is a native Windows filesystem.

So, whatever you used was improperly worded.

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