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    Default convert ntfs to fat32 with out loosing what is on the drive

    hi im pritty computer illiterate and would like to know if anyone can tell me how to convert my 500gb removable hard dirve to from ntfs to fat 32 with out loosing all the information on it.

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    Default Re: convert ntfs to fat32 with out loosing what is on the drive

    Go to START > RUN > CMD

    Type the following CONVERT drive: /FS:NTFS

    Eg. convert e: /fs:ntfs

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    Although I have use this method on most of computer I support and you aren't supposed to lose your data using this method, always perform a backup first.
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    will this erase everything on the drive can u elaberate what this is doing

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dinorex View Post
    Go to START > RUN > CMD

    Type the following CONVERT drive: /FS:NTFS

    Eg. convert e: /fs:ntfs

    How do you select which drive to convert? I wants to convert mine too to suite iMac usuage.

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    Quote Originally Posted by doublebomber View Post
    will this erase everything on the drive can u elaberate what this is doing
    Basically it convert the file system in the drive. I will do a screenshot for you. Please give me sometime before my next post.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dinorex View Post
    Go to START > RUN > CMD

    Type the following CONVERT drive: /FS:NTFS

    Eg. convert e: /fs:ntfs

    Disclaimer:
    Although I have use this method on most of computer I support and you aren't supposed to lose your data using this method, always perform a backup first.
    he wants to convert from NTFS to FAT32 not the other way round.

    I dun think you can step down from NTFS back to FAT32 unless you reformat. As NTFS is supposed to be more secured.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GeckoZ View Post
    How do you select which drive to convert? I wants to convert mine too to suite iMac usuage.
    Once you plug in the portable hard drive. Check the drive letter at my computer. I will do a screen shot for you.
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    Quote Originally Posted by localhost View Post
    he wants to convert from NTFS to FAT32 not the other way round.

    I dun think you can step down from NTFS back to FAT32 unless you reformat. As NTFS is supposed to be more secured.
    SRY my mistake didn't read properly. MY BAD
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    Default Re: convert ntfs to fat32 with out loosing what is on the drive

    You can back convert with partition magic.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dinorex View Post
    SRY my mistake didn't read properly. MY BAD
    so does the trick still works?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dinorex View Post
    You can back convert with partition magic.
    I heard once you stored files on the ext HDD u can't partition it anymore.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GeckoZ View Post
    so does the trick still works?
    It work when you going from FAT32 ---> NTFS.

    The other way round I am not sure as I have not tested it out.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GeckoZ View Post
    I heard once you stored files on the ext HDD u can't partition it anymore.
    what he meant was using partition magic to change the filesystem (NTFS, FAT32 etc).


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    Quote Originally Posted by GeckoZ View Post
    I heard once you stored files on the ext HDD u can't partition it anymore.
    I not sure either for back convert as I have never perform them before. I will test it out once I am in the office.
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    Quote Originally Posted by localhost View Post
    what he meant was using partition magic to change the filesystem (NTFS, FAT32 etc).


    So how to do it? I'm clueless.

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    Default Re: convert ntfs to fat32 with out loosing what is on the drive

    It's ok to be computer-illiterate, but Google is available, right?
    Copy the data to any other volume and do a reformat with FAT32. There are options involving software (Partition Magic) but I'd not recommend that considering your knowledge.

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    Quote Originally Posted by localhost View Post
    what he meant was using partition magic to change the filesystem (NTFS, FAT32 etc).

    Yes. Thts what I mean.
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    however what i am asking is can i partition it to fat32 without loosing my stuff as it is 500gb hdd. the reason i ask is cause ps3 only takes fat32 partitioned removable hdd. if anyone has options would be great

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    Can you not back up your data and format the drive as fat32?

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    Quote Originally Posted by doublebomber View Post
    however what i am asking is can i partition it to fat32 without loosing my stuff as it is 500gb hdd. the reason i ask is cause ps3 only takes fat32 partitioned removable hdd. if anyone has options would be great
    if yours is a removable hard drive (as in those portable hard drive), by default it should be fat32 unless you convert it before.

    are you sure its using NTFS?

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