[ubuntu] Transferring NTFS formatted to Ubuntu

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http://ubuntuforums.org – So, I have this laptop which runs Windows right? I've had negative experiences with transferring a WD Passport between Ubuntu and Windows. Last time it was from Ubuntu to Windows, and as soon as I did that the passport immediately became corrupted. Since this time all I really am doing is taking this piece of infected malware sh*t off of this laptop and replacing it with Ubuntu, I just want to know that the files I backup in Windows on the passport will be able to be used again once I install Ubuntu and erase Windows. Like, I won't have reformat the drive to an Ubuntu filesystem, and vice (Hardware)