Ok, I bought a WD 1TB external to do some archiving with secondary backups to dvd's.
Anyway, after getting about 500-600 GB of data copied to this this I discovered it is formatted in fat32 so I can't copy any files larger than 4 gig.
Is there any reason why they would have their drives formatted like that...why would anyone use fat32 anymore???
I just assumed it would be NTSC since its been around for years.
So, can I switch formats safely without any threat of data loss?
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External drives are sometimes connected to DVD players that have USB slots. I've never heard of a DVD player that supported anything but FAT32 through USB. This is 100% because of Microsoft's licensing requirements for NTFS, which is what you mean instead of the very unfortunate typo of "NTSC". NTSC is a video standard, not a file system. Yes, you have learned the hard way about the downside of FAT32. There is a tool under Windows 2000 and XP to convert disk drives from FAT32 to NTFS, but while it should, in theory, not cause data loss, neither I nor Microsoft can give you a 100% guarantee about this. Although low, the probability of something going wrong and corrupting or losing data is non-zero.
Hey I did type NTSC...so many acronyms!!
The externals USB drives do support NTFS though as I have a few others that I did convert. I just forgot when I got this one.
I do have secondary backups of everything on other drives and discs but I don't want to take the chance and have to go through the hassle of getting everything back.
I will probably acquire a second 1tb drive...make it NTFS ....copy mine to it....format mine to NTFS....copy back....pain in the ass!!!
Thanks for the help anyway but the more I think about it I don't want to take chances of screwing it up.
Just want to get it done right so I can stick it in the fire safe and forget about it!
I have used this method to convert many drives to NTFS with NO loss of any data.
Q: Is it possible to convert a FAT32 Hard Drive to NTFS without losing all data on the
drive? I like to change from FAT32 to NTFS, my operating system is Windows XP PRO,
how can I do that? Without the lost of my programs?
A: Standard Windows utility that is called CONVERT serves this purpose
Just go to the Command Prompt and execute the command:
C:\> CONVERT C: /fs:ntfs
Where C: is a name of the drive you want to convert.
After machine re-boot conversion process will start and you'll
have your FAT32 converted to NTFS without of data loss.
Ditto here. Forgot to check in beginning how the WD 1TB drive was formatted and found out when I tried to transfer a 4+ gig file over. I did convert to NTFS with no troubles, then continued with file transfers.TANSTAAFL
Originally Posted by Prot
Which method did you use?
Originally Posted by SCDVD
Yeah, I'm just scared to do it!!!!
**** it....gonna do it....will post my results.
Well, that didn't work.
This drive is dirty and cannot be converted. You will need to clear the dirty bit on this drive by running CHKDSK /F or allowing AUTOCHK to run on it the next time you reboot.
The conversion failed.
As it says, the disk is "dirty" (maybe not ejected properly before disconnecting ... so possible errors in FAT32 structure), so it wants you to do a CHKDSK first before converting the drive.
So, fire up a Command Prompt and type (replacing D: with your USB drive letter)
CHKDSK D: /F
After that's done, give it another go!
Converted and working fine with no data loss.
I know, the first time i tried it i was nervous as hell!!!!!
Tried it on a drive that i backed up to another HDD and it worked, but then the first couple of drives after that i was still nervous... with my luck i'd be the one person it would wipe everything out on