re-formatting hard drive in ntfs

  tesfred 08:53 30 Aug 2004

can anyone help please, how do I re-format 80 gb hard drive that is already formatted in ntfs in order to revert back to fat 32? Please advise. Tesfred

  User-312386 09:02 30 Aug 2004

why would you want to go back to FAT32?

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 10:32 30 Aug 2004

There is no going back once you have formatted in ntfs.

  temp003 10:32 30 Aug 2004

Presumably you're using Windows XP. After formatting, are you going to re-install XP, or are you going to install something else like 98?

Or do you mean, you just want to convert the file system to FAT32? (which Windows can't do without re-formatting - you'll need software like Partition Magic).

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 10:35 30 Aug 2004
  cga 10:40 30 Aug 2004

There are some special cases where you might want FAT32 instead of NTFS but, normally, NTFS is better for OS's like WinNT, W2000 & XP.

You cannot convert back non-detructively using native windows functions but Partition Magic can and, I guess, other partition managers (e.g. Ranish) may also be able to do so.

  bremner 10:42 30 Aug 2004

click here for one method that works for a slave or second drive

Another is to reinstall XP which will give you the option to reformat as FAT32

  MAJ 11:25 30 Aug 2004

You can also do it using a Win98SE boot floppy by using fdisk to delete the non-dos partition, then create a new Primary Dos partition and format it as FAT32. Of course, you will loose all data on that drive, so backup your important files first.

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