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Changing file system of an external HDD

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#1 jch02140


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Posted 15 November 2009 - 10:27 AM


I have an external HDD, specifically My Passport Essential 250GB by WesternDigital. The formated file system is FAT but I would like to change it to NTFS system. However, I have already have a number of files stored in it and my laptop doesn't have enough space to temperory store the files to format the drive. Is there a way to convert external drive without wiping out all the files?

I also heard something about bad things happened with improper conversion is made and resulted in a small cluster or something... I am not too sure the detail but I am a bit worried here...

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#2 hamluis



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Posted 15 November 2009 - 11:08 AM

How to convert a FAT16 volume or a FAT32 volume to an NTFS file system in Windows XP - http://support.microsoft.com/kb/307881

Converting FAT32 to NTFS in Windows XP - http://www.aumha.org/win5/a/ntfscvt.php


#3 jch02140

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Posted 15 November 2009 - 02:04 PM

Thanks for the reply hamluis. I am just wondering if this also apply in Windows Vista?

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