Converting Fat32 to NTFS problem

Discussion in 'Windows Desktop Systems' started by boyce1, Sep 28, 2003.

  1. boyce1

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    Hi Forum,

    I am having a problem converting from FAT32 to NTFS.

    First some info on the "drive".

    I have 2 SATA 160 gig drives in a RAID 0 array so it looks like I have 1 big 320 gig drive - which may be my problem...

    When I enter the convert C: /fs:ntfs command everything goes as expected, I answer "YES" to the two questions and then reboot.

    It goes through the file checking routine then says it will check to see if there is enough space to do the conversion.

    It appears there is plenty of space yet it fails do to lack of space...

    It says something to the effect of:
    319 Gig total
    220 Gigi available for conversion
    50 Gig needed for conversion

    So apparently there is plenty of space yet it fails.

    Any ideas?

    Thanks for any help or suggestiions!
     
  2. Hipster Doofus

    Hipster Doofus Good grief Charlie Brown

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    Welcome to the forums boyce1. :)

    If you have a copy of 'partition magic' see if that will do it. Possibly one at a time.
     
  3. coathanger007

    coathanger007 Tomorrow Tweaking Today

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    Is it possible to disable the RAID so you can convert then RAID back again. Remember my I.T Pro Uncle had a similar problem and took weeks to come up with a solution. It's too bad he's not here in this forum.
     
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  5. boyce1

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    Can't do them one at a time as I think with RAID 0 they are striped with part of a file written to one drive, part to the other.

    Does anyone know if Partition Magic works on RAID drives, I couldn't find anything on the PowerQuest site?


     
  6. boyce1

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    Probably not unless I lose all data or back it up to another device, which I don't have at this point, although I may have to just install some extra drives, move the data and then convert but not really what I want to do.

    Thanks for the suggestion though.


     
  7. boyce1

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    Excellent point! I do believe it is FAT32, at least that is what drive properties shows. Also when I try to download video from my ReplayTV to the PC it stops when a particular file gets to 4 gig, just shy of what I need for longer movies recorded in high quality...

    I forgot to mention in my initial post that I am using Maxblast software - drives are Maxtor - and this is probably an area to investigate.

    Thanks for the idea!




     
  8. X-Istence

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    I didnt think FAT32 could use drives/raid in 0, that are bigger than 120 GB.
     
  9. coathanger007

    coathanger007 Tomorrow Tweaking Today

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    Partion Magic does not work on RAID. Neither do any imaging software.The conversion to NTFS should really have been done as the first step before installation of anything. Sorry I can't be of more help.:(