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Change my hdd partition from ntsf to Fat 32 without deleting my files ??

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by horne, Jun 24, 2008.

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which is better ?

  1. Fat32

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  2. NTSF

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  1. horne

    horne Thread Starter

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    Can i change my hdd partition from ntfs to Fat 32 without deleting my files ?
    I really hope [​IMG]
     
  2. alan1000

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    Hi Horne - I'm afraid it isn't possible. You can convert from FAT32 to NTFS without losing data, but there is no way to go from NTFS to FAT32. Your only option is to back everything up to another drive, reformat the NTFS drive as FAT32, and then restore everything.
     
  3. horne

    horne Thread Starter

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    Yes i understand .
     
  4. Wanderer2

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    Actually Partition Magic can convert from ntfs to fat32 no problem.
     
  5. horne

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  6. Wanderer2

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    as long as you have no disk corruption and enough room for the operation PM works fine. Run chkdsk /f first, run disk cleanup and defrag the drive. Then run PM. As with any operation you should have a current backup.

    PS you have poll.
    Every file system has its own unique advantages and disadvantages. Use the one appropriate for your computer usage.
     
  7. ~Candy~

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    A better question would be, why would you want to? :confused:
     
  8. alan1000

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    HI Wanderer2,

    Thanx for that info, I wasn't aware of that. The conventional wisdom is that it can't be done, but of course someone is always coming up with some way to do it!
     
  9. alan1000

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    ps I also second that bit where you say:

    "Every file system has its own unique advantages and disadvantages. Use the one appropriate for your computer usage."

    This should be written in letters of gold above all our temples (to quote the poet William Blake). If it's absolutely essential to be able to boot from a floppy drive, for example, then it's no use telling people that NTFS has superior file copy speeds. And lots of people do still have a need to boot from a floppy on occasion. There are still millions of PLC's around the world whose only means of input/output is the floppy disc.
     
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