How to Use GParted to Format an NTFS Disk


GParted is a partition-management utility for Linux that provides a graphical user interface to a variety of partition creation, deletion, resizing and formatting utilities that would otherwise run from a Linux terminal. GParted can format disk partitions that use the NTFS file system format used by Microsoft Windows, but it requires the ntfsprogs utilities installed. If you don't have ntfsprogs installed, the option to format partitions as NTFS will appear grayed out in GParted.

  • Open a terminal. Click "Applications," click "Accessories" and click "Terminal" on Ubuntu.

  • Install the ntfsprogs package from your Linux distribution's software repositories. Type "sudo apt-get install ntfsprogs" into the terminal window on Ubuntu and press "Enter," type your password and press "Enter." See your Linux distribution's documentation for information on installing software.

  • Open GParted. Click "System," click "Administration" and click "GParted Partition Editor" on Ubuntu. Close GParted and re-open it if it was open while you installed the ntfsprogs package.

  • Click the box at the upper-right corner of the GParted window and select the disk you want to partition by clicking its name in the list.

  • Format an existing partition or create a new partition. Format an existing partition by right-clicking the partition in the GParted window, clicking "Format To" and clicking "NTFS." Create a new NTFS partition by right-clicking unallocated space, clicking "New," clicking the "File System" box, clicking "NTFS" and then clicking "Add."

  • Click the "Edit" menu at the top of the GParted window and click "Apply All Operations."

  • Click "Apply."

Tips & Warnings

  • You can't format partitions that are mounted and in-use. If the partition is mounted, right-click it and click "Unmount" before formatting it.
  • Formatting a partition removes all existing data on it. Any data on the partition you format will be lost.

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