Can I format my Windows 7 NTFS partition and use it in Ubuntu even if it appears earlier on disk?

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http://askubuntu.com – I have installed and working Windows 7 and Ubuntu 12.04. I discovered that I do not need all this space that I have assigned to my D:/ drive in Windows and now would like to include it as a partition in Ubuntu. A friend told me that if I have first installed Windows and then Ubuntu, then the order of the disks does not favor such a move and that I must just format it and auto-mount it in Ubuntu. Here is my partition table: /dev/sda /dev/sda1 ntfs 209715 MB (C:/ drive with Windows installation) /dev/sda2 ntfs 268928 MB (D:/ drive that I would like now to use in Ubuntu) /dev/sda5 ext4 1 (HowTos)