Changing File System ??

  Petesilver 22:12 16 Oct 2009

I have a iomega External HDD which has FAT32 file system , I want to change it to NTFS
Can I do this without destroying the files I have on it ??

  Audio~~Chip 22:41 16 Oct 2009

carn't you make another back-up then put it back after the convert switch.

  Technotiger 08:09 17 Oct 2009
  Technotiger 08:16 17 Oct 2009

click here

and scroll down for external Drive conversion.

My previous link might have been a bit confusing as it deals with Partitions (though the principal is the same).

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 13:55 17 Oct 2009

To convert your drives to NTFS:
Right click on 'my computer' and select 'manage'
From the computer management window, expand storage and select 'disk management.'
Using the 'file system' column of the upper pane of this window, you can easily check what file system each of your logical drives is using. Make a note of this information.
Now open a command prompt window by going to 'start\run' and typing 'cmd'
To convert a disk to NTFS, type 'convert (drive letter): /fs:ntfs'
So for example, if you were going to convert your F: drive, you would type 'Convert F: /fs:ntfs' at the prompt.

  Petesilver 16:38 17 Oct 2009

Thanks for all the comments etc. just one more thing if I back up all my files can I just format the HDD. I see if I right click on it i get the option to format and it says NTFS do I have this right ?? as at the moment its FAT 32

  Batch 16:54 17 Oct 2009

Yes - if there is nothing of value on the disk you can just format it with whatever file system you want.

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