ntfs to fat32

Discussion in 'General Hardware' started by banter, Aug 23, 2002.

  1. banter

    banter Guest

    does anyone know how to convert a ntfs hdd to fat32. when i right click on the drive and select format the only selection is ntfs !!!
     
  2. Goatman

    Goatman Ska Daddy

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    I don't think you can convert the other way
     
  3. banter

    banter Guest

    Then what am i meant to do!! i must be able to format completely then set it up for fat32 ???

    Does anyone have any ideas ??
     
  4. razor_ro

    razor_ro OSNN Addict

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    Format it as FAT32.....

    i remember a few months ago i tried looking up for some info on how to convert back to NTFS, but i had no luck, so all i can suggest to you is format it back to FAT32, ohhh... and make sure your HD's largest partition is no greater than 30 gigs if you want to format it as FAT32, FAT32 can't handle HD's greater than 30gigs or else you'll have to use NTFS...... hope this helps.....

    RaZoR
     
  5. banter

    banter Guest

    thanks, but the thing is.... how do i actually formatt back to fat32 ??
     
  6. Mr Dead

    Mr Dead Guest

    If I remember rightly im sure partition magic can convert from ntfs to fat32 without having to format first.. Ive tried ntfs but it seems alot slower to me so im sticking to fat32 despite the ntfs advantages.
     
  7. gonaads

    gonaads Beware the G-Man Political User Folding Team

    This is directly from the MicroSquish web site:

    IMPORTANT
    You can convert your file system any time, even after you install Windows XP, without losing any of your data.

    The conversion to NTFS is one–way only; if you convert your FAT or FAT32 file system to NTFS you can’t convert your hard disk back to FAT later.

    http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/home/using/howto/gettingstarted/guide/newinstallation.asp

    BUT:
    PartitionMagic 6.0 and PartitionMagic 7.0 will convert NTFS to FAT and FAT32.

    http://www.hallogram.com/magic/

    http://www.powerquest.com/partitionmagic/pmdetails.cfm
     
  8. allan

    allan Guest

    Yes, you'll need a third party utility such as Partition Magic 7.0 (6.0 isn't for XP) to convert from NTFS to FAT.
     
  9. 2z

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    If its the boot drive
    You can select the FAT system during setup (format options)
    If its a partition
    Start / Run " diskmgmt.msc "
    Right click on the volume & format
    Use the drop down menu to choose filing system & cluster size
     
  10. gonaads

    gonaads Beware the G-Man Political User Folding Team

    Thanks Allan. :D
     
  11. Taurus

    Taurus hardware monkey

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    Re: Format it as FAT32.....

    just fyi, i have two 40gb harddrives which are both fat32. just partition and format in dos.
     
  12. 2z

    2z OSNN Gamer

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    FAT32 supports drives up to 2 terabytes in size
    But once you get to 32gig the cluster size goes up to 32KB this means a lot of wasted disk space and a performance hit.
    FAT32 260MB-8GB = 4KB clusters
    FAT32 8GB-16GB = 8KB
    FAT32 16GB-32GB = 16KB
    FAT32 32GB+ = 32KB+
    [​IMG]
    ;)
     
  13. allan

    allan Guest

    The 32gb limitation of fat partitions is from within XP. If you have a Win98 boot disk and format from there you can indeed format to larger than 32 gb. Also, you can format in ntfs and then use PM 7.0 to convert back to fat. But if you just have XP on your system and try to format a partition to larger than 32 gb, it will be limited at 32 gb.
     
  14. Taurus

    Taurus hardware monkey

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    thanks, zigzag... good info.
     
  15. NetRyder

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    Yes, if you want to convert from NTFS to FAT32 without losing any data, Partition Magic 7.0 is your ONLY option.
     
  16. 2z

    2z OSNN Gamer

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    Glad to help
    if you want to add partitions & reduce cluster size
    Partition Magic 7.0 is really easy to use
    Then XPs diskmgmt.msc for some final tweaking
    ;-)
     
  17. Friend of Bill

    Friend of Bill What, me worry?

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    Converting from NTFS to FAT/FAT32 may cause loss of file system-specific information as referenced from Partition Magic 7.0 User's Guide.

    Examples of file loss:

    * There is more than one data stream for any file
    * Any links
    * Any extended attributes
    * Any user-defined attributes in any file
    * Device entries
    * Sparse files located within the volume.

    Any sparse files, except for the bad sector file, will stop the conversion.
     
  18. 2z

    2z OSNN Gamer

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    Never tried to alter the filing system that has files on it
    (that I wanted to keep)
    :p