View Full Version : Safely changing the boot partiton to FAT32

15th May 2007, 02:03 AM
I have an ext3 /boot partition. I need to change it to FAT32, and still have it work. (without breaking the computer entirely).

Which tool should I use?

15th May 2007, 05:18 AM
Not sure this would work but hey if it doesn't just put it back the way it was.
You would need:

1) 2 blank CD's
2) http://gparted.sourceforge.net/livecd.php
3) http://www.fs-driver.org/ <-- in case it doesn't work for you

DL the Gparted Live CD and burn it, then put in the blank CD and copy everything in your /boot partition to the CD, now reboot with the gparted cd or use Windows to delete the ext3 partition then make a new FAT32 partition and copy over everything from the CD.
Reboot, if it doesn't work then just use the gparted cd to format the partition back to ext3, and the windows driver to copy back the files from the CD.

BTW what's the point of having it be FAT ? it's only like 100mb. You just wasted 1400.

If you need to transfer files back and forth then maybe re-partitioning your drive or buying a cheap USB drive is a MUCH better option.