July 25th, 2002, 10:25 AM
Hello, I recently had windows xp running ntfs, but it kept screwing up so i reloaded windows 98 onto a different hard drive. Is there any way i can convert the older hard drive to fat32 so i can access the files that were stored on it previously?
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July 25th, 2002, 10:48 AM
July 25th, 2002, 10:50 AM
You cannot convert an NTFS partition to a FAT32. There are drivers you can load in Win98 that will let you read/write NTFS. Check out http://www.sysinternals.com/win9x/98utilities.shtml
Why? Just because you don't know how it works?
Originally posted here by Tektodon
Argh, I hate the NTFS-format!
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July 25th, 2002, 12:45 PM
hmm i know u cant convert an ntfs partition to fat32 but u can replace an ntfs with fat32..
just run fdisk and delete the ntfs partition then create a fat32 partition.. tho u need to do this with the help of a boot disk...
July 25th, 2002, 05:45 PM
s0n1c the purpose is: keeping the data, therefor replace is not the easiest way.
I would suggest the way SirDice mentioned:
use this tool to access your NTFS partitions from Win98.
Never convert your first Win98 partition, cause Win98 cannot boot from non-fat partitions, it has no standard support to boot from ntfs.
Anyway, if you are going to 'play' with your partitions, I recommend to backup all your data.
July 25th, 2002, 05:53 PM
Windows conversion is one way, FAT to NTFS, however partition magic will allow you to go back.
NTFS, by the way, is so helpful for a windows admin I can't even imagine what I would do without it.
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July 25th, 2002, 05:56 PM
for instance: you can store more on an ntfs formatted disk then on a FAT format disk. Depending on the size of your files, you probably win about 20% diskspace.
July 25th, 2002, 06:28 PM
Just insert the Win98 Boot up disk and tipe Fdisk an then delete non-dos partition and after that you can create a FAT32 partition
July 25th, 2002, 07:17 PM
NTFS is just plain better than FAT: Faster, safer, better cluster sizing...
I don't see how anyone can not like NTFS...
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