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Can I convert FAT32 to NTFS without backing up?


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Jon DeMassey

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Thanx 2 all U guys. I now have the new HDD installed, I believe as slave. I partitioned it as a PRIMARY PARTITION. But it shows as a separate drive (F) in My Computer; is that right? Or should I have partitioned it as an EXTENDED PARTITION in order fo it to be a slave drive?

Also, because the new HDD is 160GB, it is too big to be formatted to a FAT32 file system. So I had no option but to format it to NTFS.
So...... to be compatible, I have to convert the original master HDD, Samsung 36GB, which is C drive, from FAT32 to NTFS.

Can I convert C drive from FAT32 to NTFS without backing up everything on the drive?

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Here you go:
http://aumha.org/win5/a/ntfscvt.php
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Thanx Neil

I am Windows XP version 2002, Service Pack 2. I trust I do not have 2 worry about the clusters, right?

BUT.......
Original FAT32 36GB master drive C: has only 11% space left, is this sufficient?
New NTFS 160gb slave drive F: is blank; all the files & programs are on C:.

Can I still run conversion from C: to convert C:?
Can I use F: to convert C:?
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you should just be able to run the convert since you formated with windows xp originally.

11 percent, I think, is enough space...the utility will warn you if it is not.

To ensure a smoother process, you should run a chkdsk /f if you have not in a while and then a defragmentation...then convert.

Yes, you can convert from c to c
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Defrag takes 15% minimum space. He wont be able to defrag
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...nor will he likely be able to convert, now that I am doing a little more research--it seems you need about 25 percent of the volume to be free to convert.

Looks like you will need to do some uninstalling
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