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Solved: Can I convert an external hard drive from FAT32 to NTFS?

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  1. Daskill

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    I'm trying to install a game onto an external hard drive but it tells me that the game requires an NTFS file system while the hard drive is FAT32.

    Is there a way to change the hard drive to NTFS? Will it result in data loss?

    Thanks.
     
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    In addition to the above caution, I would add that when you convert the file system, you end up with an inefficient cluster size ie 512byte. If you backup all of the data then partition/format the external, windows will assign the most efficient cluster size depending on the size of the disk/volume being formatted.

    Here is a mskb article referencing cluster size.
    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/314878

    Remember data you do not have at least two copies of is data you do not care about.
     
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    Many thanks fellas.
     
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