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Old 12-26-2007, 12:21 PM   #1
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Default ntfs > fat32

my external hdd was fat32, i converted to ntfs, only to find out my crappy homehub only supports fat32, so i need to convert back. whats the best way?
id like to keep all the data on it, but as long as it converts ill be happy i guess...
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Default Re: ntfs > fat32

Hook it up to your computer and right click, format.

then under the file system tab click fat32?

That work? or it won't let you??
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Old 12-26-2007, 12:42 PM   #3
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Default Re: ntfs > fat32

only comes up with ntfs.
now its saying its currupted and all sorts, and its telling me to run chkdisk. thats because partition magic kept buggering up. im gonna try making another partition on the drive
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What if you delete it in disk managemtn?

then format it
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Default Re: ntfs > fat32

Once you convert to NTFS you can't convert back to fat32 unless you reformat the drive.
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Thus, deleting it and making a new partition, and formatting it..

Maybe?
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Default Re: ntfs > fat32

aww ffs
i guess ill finish this tuneup disk doctor thing and see if i can fix some of the errors, as its being a bit fussy with how i copy the data atm. then im gonna have to copy the 125gb of data back to my desktop :O
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Default Re: ntfs > fat32

ok whats the best way to convert it back to fat32 once its formatted (just copying all the data back. its much quicker than when i copied it across for some reason, obvs reads faster than it writes).
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Default Re: ntfs > fat32

If you have a Linux Live CD lying around that should be able to do it...

Or you can do it in command prompt:
http://www.microsoft.com/resources/d....mspx?mfr=true
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Old 12-28-2007, 08:45 AM   #10
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Default Re: ntfs > fat32

ohh thanks only 50gb or so to copy back to my desktop then ill try it
btw i dont know what my double post was about there. i usually use the edit button, not sure what happened there but nm.
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