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    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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    Exclamation Xp sux! :)

    Argh, I hate the NTFS-format!
    Well, I got the same problem and the only way out is to build in another HDD runnin' XP (that sux!) and the copy all data on the FAT-thirtytwo HDD.

    May there's an easier way using "Partition Magic" or some sh#t like that but my way worx

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    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

    Originally posted here by Tektodon
    Argh, I hate the NTFS-format!
    Why? Just because you don't know how it works?
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    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...

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    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.

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    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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    Yep shkuey,
    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.

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    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

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    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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