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is it possible to change it from fat32 to ntfs?

if so, how?

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I havent tried this but you may be able to convert the drive to ntfs by using disk management. If that does not work i would install the drive as slave in the computers HD IDE cable and change the format then reinstall back into the external HD enclosure(if possible)

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Hey there k0rr, yes it is possible to change it from FAT32 to NTFS.

But this proccess will include formating your hard drive (external). We will first try the simplest way which is formatting the hard drive through windows.

Goto:
> My Computer
> Right click on your external drive (Eg. D:\)
> Click "Format..."

When the new windows opens select the "File System" as "NTFS" and then select "Quick Format". This will take a bit of time depending on how big the hard drive is. When the format has finished restart the computer and the hard drive will be NTFS.

Please let me know if there is any problems following the instructions and if it works.

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will any of my files on the external be in danger?
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Hey again k0rr, in any of these cases of help your files will be in danger.

In my soltuion, if you do not backup your files they will be wiped off completely.

In SRX660 solution if the proper steps are not preformed your files will be in danger.

Iether way I would really recommend the backing up of all your files. You can do this by iether using a disk or copying the files over to the other hard drive.

If there is any other information you need to know, just let us know.

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You can convert FAT32 to NTFS without losing anything...

here's a link:

http://www.ntfs.com/quest3.htm

EDIT: that is done in the command prompt, which is brought up by:

Start > Run... > type "cmd" without the quotes > OK

a black box will appear. this is the command prompt.

type, or copy and paste this line:

CONVERT X: /fs:ntfs

substitue "X" with the drive letter you're looking to convert, you can find the letter easily by opening up My Computer and looking for the letter under the drive.

Edited by MNOB07, 28 June 2006 - 06:39 PM.

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thanks a lot, saved me a lot of time
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No problem. Backing up then formatting drives can take forever, and I hate backing up because I know I will and HAVE left important stuff behind, unless I make an image of the whole drive over many CDs/DVDs since I don't have a harddrive dedicated to it... :whistling: Converting is much faster.
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