FAT 32 to NTFS

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Postby Mr T » Fri Aug 30, 2002 10:12 pm

The easiest way to convert from FAT32 to NTFS is to use PARTITION MAGIC v7. It does it all for you! NTFS is far more stable for the XP platform, that is why I use that file system.
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converting to ntfs

Postby tismee » Sun Sep 01, 2002 10:48 pm

i take it your running xp ??
the best source and most unused is the help file in the OS.
look there.
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Postby maddmaxx » Mon Sep 02, 2002 3:15 am

Thnks to all for your help and opinions. Since I had just built this machine, I didn't have much on it except the OS. Once I decided to change over to NTFS it was a simple matter of resetting the array and reformatting. :D
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Postby jsc1973 » Thu Sep 05, 2002 5:15 pm

Good luck. If the security features of NTFS are of value to you, it's a fairly simple thing to switch. As for me, I've stayed on FAT32 and it works perfectly well on Windows 2000.
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Postby Wyrm73 » Thu Sep 05, 2002 9:40 pm

I recently discovered an odd difference between NTFS and FAT32. I downloaded an ISO containing images of four disks in one file onto my wife's XP machine formatted with NTFS. I went to transfer this file to my Win2K machine formatted with FAT32 and I got an error about the file containing multiple data streams and that FAT32 does not support this and data would be lost. Never heard of anyting like this before. I know it's a bit of a bunny trail from the main topic, but hopefully kind of interesting for those debating between the two file systems.
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Postby maddmaxx » Fri Sep 06, 2002 1:19 pm

Another side note; Your floppy is no longer usable with NTSF as far as copying. It will still read. This is do to the overhead in the file structure being larger than 1.44mgs to start with. No big whoop. I only use mine during OS installs with RAID. 8)
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Re: converting to ntfs

Postby Noggin » Mon Sep 09, 2002 12:02 pm

tismee wrote: the best source and most unused is the help file in the OS.


That would be a first for Microsoft....
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Postby maddmaxx » Tue Sep 10, 2002 4:07 pm

Hey noggin, love that avatar! :lol: :lol:
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Postby ether.real » Mon Sep 16, 2002 4:19 am

feto wrote:i know that when using ntfs you dont need to defrag your hard drive as often as you do using fat32 since it has a newer way of storing files.....also..it does not do scan discs like fat32......


I heard that this was the other way around, and it seems to be the case when I run DisKeeper, i get tons more fragments than I used too...
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Postby Wyrm73 » Mon Sep 16, 2002 8:51 pm

The fragmentation is due to the smaller cluster size. It helps prevent wasted space due to half-used clusters, but it does make it easier for files to end up scattered across the disk.
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