Converting from FAT32 to NTFS

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David Bottel
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Hello,
My operating system is Windows XP home edition and my current hard drives are C: 17.4 Gb and D: 40GB. Should I convert the drives from FAT32 to NTFS?.

Regards, David

Alan Craven
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If you are going to use your D: drive for video, yes you should, to avoid the FAT32 file size limit. Be aware that some conversion methods will destroy the data on the disk. Partition Magic is one programme that will convert the drive non-destructively. There are others, but I know this one is safe.

David Bottel
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Converting from FAT32 to NTFS

Alan, Thank you for your reply.
Is it OK to have the C drive Fat32 and the D drive NTFS.
I understand there is a program within Windows XP that converts drives, is this not reliable.

Kind Regards, David

harlequin
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1. yes , o/s as fat32 and video as ntfs is fine.
2. never lost data converting using either windows or partition magic conversion software.

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Z Cheema
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You can have the C drive as fat32 and the D as NTFS, there is program in XP to convert and have used it myself and it worked...

See here http://www.microsoft.com/technet/prodtechnol/winxppro/maintain/convertfat.mspx

David Bottel
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Converting from FAT32 to NTFS

Thank you to all who have replied, I will attempt to convert my D drive to NTFS

Kind Regards, David

Bill Stephens
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New non-techie member here asking for help about NTFS and FAT32.

My PC has 2 hard drives : 40Gb NTFS and 60Gb FAT32. The 60Gb is still only 80% through a Norton Systemworks defrag after 18 hours. I use the disk to store and work with 40Mb TIFF picture files. Would I be better with a conversion to NTFS or is there something else wrong ? If you think that conversion would be OK can you give me any simple instructions. I have a 250Gb portable hard disk that I could download all of my files to before starting any changes.

Bill Stephens

harlequin
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copy all files from 60gb fat32 to external drive.

my computer > right click > manage > storage > disk management local

select drive / partition ( 60gb fat32 )
right click
format

set file system to ntfs and leave quick format unticked

ok

wait ......... when finished , restart pc
now copy files back to new 60GB ntfs partition

Gary MacKenzie

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Bill Stephens
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harlequin wrote:
copy all files from 60gb fat32 to external drive.

my computer > right click > manage > storage > disk management local

select drive / partition ( 60gb fat32 )
right click
format

set file system to ntfs and leave quick format unticked

ok

wait ......... when finished , restart pc
now copy files back to new 60GB ntfs partition

Many Thanks Harlequin,

I'm a PC wrinkly that blundered in to this web site and you have helped a complete stranger and solved my problem. My 2nd hard disk is now NTFS and running like a dream.

If I can help you with Photography, just ask.

Best Regards ~ Bill Stephens

harlequin
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we aim to please.

i'm sure that the following section of the forum
http://forums.dvdoctor.net/forumdisplay.php?f=14
would be glad of input.

Gary MacKenzie

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Thinkserver TS140 , 750ti Graphics card  & LG 27" uws led backlight , Edius 8

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