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Fat32 to NTFS help pls

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by Rev Darkwing, Sep 2, 2004.

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  1. Rev Darkwing

    Rev Darkwing Thread Starter

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    I bought a computer (used) but almost new. It has an 80Gb hard drive and I just noticed it is formatted in FAT32. I need to restrict access to some files from other users of this computer and just found out two things. First I must reformat with NTFS and secondly, HD's of over 32 Gb are supposed to be NTFS anyway.

    I see how to reformat using command prompt in DOS from help menu but :eek: the word "reformat" scares the hell out of me having had to reformat my HD before due to problems and losing EVERYTHING on the HD. Will I lose my data if I reformat to NTFS as instructed in the WIN XP HOME help? Are there any risks?

    PC
    AMD Athelon 2600
    WD 80 Gb HD
    Gigabyte K7 Triton MB

    Thanks
     
  2. kiwiguy

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    WQell, we have no idea just what you are looking at in XP help, but its possible to convert the drive from FAT32 to NTFS.

    http://aumha.org/win5/a/ntfscvt.php

    The should not lose data, but you must always assume something will go wrong with any such operation.

    These days any HDD is only temporary storage, treat it as such and you will have no long term problems (i.e. back up often)
     
  3. Rev Darkwing

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    Good Point Kiwiguy and you are right, it does seem all too often that Murphy is never too far from any attempt at tech processes.
     
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