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Old 08-19-2007, 05:06 PM   #1
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Default fat32 to ntfs non destructive ?

hi is there any way to convert my external hdd from fat32 to ntfs without deleting everything on it ? thanks
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Old 08-19-2007, 05:11 PM   #2
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Default Re: fat32 to ntfs non destructive ?

There is the convert command in command prompt, but I'm not sure if that will delete everything or not.
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Old 08-19-2007, 05:28 PM   #3
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Default Re: fat32 to ntfs non destructive ?

I dont think so.
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Default Re: fat32 to ntfs non destructive ?

i need a deffanent answer because its alot of stuff i need 180 gb's worth
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Dang, well is your just convering it to another hd then it shouldnt be a problem but why would you jjust use both.
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Default Re: fat32 to ntfs non destructive ?

no the info is on my external hdd and i want to convert the file system from fat32 to ntfs because you cant have a file bigger than 4gb with fat32 is there anyway to do it without losing all stuff
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Default Re: fat32 to ntfs non destructive ?

Is it possible for you to back up everything from the drive onto a seperate drive, just incase the convert destroys the data?
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i dont have a seperate drive lol
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Default Re: fat32 to ntfs non destructive ?

I'm pretty sure there isn't a way. You are deleting the whole filesystem, therefore all of the files will be deleted. And on top of that you are installing a new filesystem, re-writing it on top of the old files.

So no, I don't think there is a way. Just put the stuff somewhere, go to a friends house and put it on his hdd or something.
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Default Re: fat32 to ntfs non destructive ?

how about this
just make a new partion and format it in nfts
as save w/e is above 4 g on that
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