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XP pro user would like to change the storage drive to NTFS


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#1 Rayoptics

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Posted 26 December 2016 - 07:33 PM

There's a catch of course . . . . This fat32 USB storage is an old 120 gb hard drive in a case. It's got pics on it, help files and of course some music. When you copy a music file to the desktop to play it you get a message

Attached File  FileFormat.png   13.21KB   1 downloads

 

Obviously the file cannot be played in WMP 11. Is there some way to convert the storage drive to NTFS without losing any data stored on it ? I wish Media Player wasn't so fussy and would play anything. Please keep your answer simple.  BTW, you folks are the greatest. I hope everyone has a good 2017.  Thanks, Alan

 

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#2 JohnC_21

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Posted 26 December 2016 - 07:53 PM

Whether the disk is FAT32 or NTFS should not make a difference when copying files to a NTFS partition. I do it all the time from USB flash drives that are formatted FAT32 including MP3 files. 

 

The MP3 is either corrupted or it's possible it has some other extension tied to it. In XP is showing file extensions enabled? Do MP3 files play from other sources.

 

You can convert FAT32 to NTFS without affecting the data but it is Always recommended you back up the files on the drive being converted because something can always go wrong.



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Posted 26 December 2016 - 10:57 PM

Odd, whens the last time you updated your codecs.

As well that kind of popup sets off alarm bells in my head.

 

https://www.raymond.cc/blog/what-file-is-that-how-to-identify-unrecognized-files-types-and-format/

 

And why you using M$ media player, why not use VLC ? 

 

https://www.videolan.org/vlc/



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Posted 27 December 2016 - 09:54 AM

From what I can read, the error message is complaining that the file is created in a foreign format, not mp3. So...where are you getting this file from? I had a problem once (not exactly this one) when creating a CD music disk, but the car my friend drove to work (a work beater) is older and will only read older WAVE files, so I had to use a conversion program to convert the mp3 files to WAVE files, then it played perfectly. I wonder if something like that is your problem? Try running the problem file(s) through a converter, but don't convert to a different format....keep the mp3 setting and see if that straightens the file out.

And definitely try a different player, I use VLC (as shadow suggested above) and it seems to play anything.


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#5 Rayoptics

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Posted 27 December 2016 - 12:16 PM

The MP3 files may be damaged because WAV files from other folders play just fine. I'll give VLC a try.  Thanks guys.  :-)



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Posted 27 December 2016 - 01:23 PM

The MP3 files may be damaged because WAV files from other folders play just fine. I'll give VLC a try.  Thanks guys.  :-)

Do you have a codecs pack installed that all would be able to play .mp3?



#7 Rayoptics

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Posted 27 December 2016 - 01:41 PM

I assume so because MP3s on the desktop play just fine. It's some of the ones on the storage drive that don't. They have a file size of 0



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Posted 27 December 2016 - 01:46 PM

Then really have no other option if they are violated.



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Posted 27 December 2016 - 02:28 PM

Ps as for the NTFS topic this can format anything you want in 20 diffent flavors.

 

https://www.linuxmint.com/



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Posted 27 December 2016 - 02:57 PM

If the file size is zero...there is no content.  Nothing to be played, listened to, etc.

 

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Posted 27 December 2016 - 03:21 PM

Ps as for the NTFS topic this can format anything you want in 20 diffent flavors.

 

https://www.linuxmint.com/

I've tried Mint, Zorin, Lubuntu and I found them too confusing and some features don't work. The end of the road will be LXLE.



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Posted 27 December 2016 - 03:25 PM

If the file size is zero...there is no content.  Nothing to be played, listened to, etc.

 

Louis

Yeah, it's like - How to play zero length music files for dummies. Kind of like my brain, No content :-)))






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