November 7th, 2009, 06:35 PM #1
FAT32 to NTFS file system in Win2kpro
My goal is to consolidate *data from multiple FAT32 formatted ["source"] HDDs to a couple of NTFS formatted ["target"] HDDs. All HDDs and data involved in this "endeavor" are from computers running Win2KPro. [*Documents, MP3s & photos]
I searched the TechIMO archives and read the threads of other members who had asked how to convert FAT32 partitioned data to NTFS formated partitions.
The threads devoted to this topic proved educational. However, given the age and variance of the archived information, I feel compelled to run this by fellow members yet one more time.
In order to convert a FAT32 volume to an NTFS file system in Win2KPro or in WinXP [according to what I've read], one can utilize Convert.exe, aka the "Convert Command."
For examble, to convert data on FAT32 partition "E" to a NTFS file system on the same partition, I would:
1. Click Start > Run > CMD > OK.
2. Type CONVERT E: /FS:NTFS. Press Enter.
However, as I indicated above, my goal is to transfer the "converted file system" data to a different HDD. . . a HDD that has already been set up with a NTFS file system. This leads me to the following question:
Can I simply copy & paste or otherwise transfer files from the FAT32 volume to a NTFS partition on a different HDD, without first converting the FAT32 "source" volume? Or, must I first convert the FAT32 volume before I can transfer, i.e., copy & paste its contents to a different HDD with a NTFS file system?
I sense that I'll first have to convert then transfer the data, but no harm in checking the availability of a shortcut.
Thx, BrangwenASUS A7N8X-E Deluxe, Athlon XP 3200+, 1.5 GB Samsung [400 MHz] DDR, Matrox Parhelia 128 Graphics, Dual LG FLATRON Displays, WinXP Pro SP3
November 7th, 2009, 07:08 PM #2
Yes, you can just move the files from any FAT file system ( even floppies) to an NT file system.
The files aren't NT or FAT just the file system.
Same goes for CDs and DVDs they aren't NT.Hard Sayin Not Knowin
November 7th, 2009, 11:50 PM #3
November 8th, 2009, 01:19 AM #4
I don't know the difference between the two. All I know is that I've had less problems with an NTFS file system.Verizon FiOS Tier 2 Technical Support
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November 8th, 2009, 05:40 AM #5
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