How to reformat a Linux disc for Win 7 NTFS?

By deadletter ·
We have an old drive that it formatted for Linux (it used to be a backup disc for a Synology Server - which uses Linux).
I now want to re-pupose the drive as a archive disc for Win 7.
It is a USB drive so I can plug it into my WIn7 PC, but neither my PC nor Apple will recognise it - hence I can't reformat it!

I'm not a Linux uses and don't have LiveCD.
What's the easiest way of reformatting the drive to NTFS?

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by get2alex In reply to How to reformat a Linux d ...

You can directly try the 3rd step here, but if you don't see your second disk, you'll need to go to BIOS and recheck starting from there.
1. Reboot and enter BIOS settings.
2. Confirm second disk is visible.
3. Boot into Windows 7 and reach Administrative Tools, Disk Management
Delete the second disk partition and reformat it to your choice.

Just in case you are wondering, you can read your ext4 partition data with Ext2Read (
And, if you don't see your second drive in step 1 above, you might want to start from checking the cables in your PC -- you may have left them unplugged while changing drives :-)

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Alex Morgan
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