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Initializing / Converting Older Drive w/Win2000

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#1 oldphoneman


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Posted 29 November 2009 - 09:24 AM

Not sure if this is the right forum for my queston.
I have a couple of older drives that have Win 2000 on them. When I go into Disk Management, It pops up a "Welcome to Initialize & Convert Disks Wizard" window. What I need to know is if I do Initialize and convert these drives will I lose all data/files on these drives? I Do Not want to lose all of this data/files. Does this Wizard enable me to use these drives normally on my Win XP Pro system after the Initializing & conversion? Thanks for any help received.

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#2 hamluis



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Posted 29 November 2009 - 09:48 AM


What file system is used on these drives from the Win2K era? It should be NTFS...XP uses NTFS.

There's no logical reason (IMO) that the wizard should appear...unless the drives/file system are going/have gone bad.

When the wizard pops up...it's telling you that it sees a blank, unformatted drive, as I understand it...or a drive with a file system which Windows is not familiar with.


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