/FS:NTFS question.

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  1. Macgyver

    Macgyver Deep beneath the rolling waves...

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    My external HD is fat32, I never bothered to check when I got it...

    Now I wanna download a 4 gig file, which fat doesn't support.

    If I convert to ntfs using that command prompt, will I lose all my shit?
     
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    Macgyver Deep beneath the rolling waves...

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    Well, I searched, didn't really find the answer flat-out, but kinda did, we'll see, converting now..
     
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    there is a convert command. i did it a long time ago, just google it
     
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    Macgyver Deep beneath the rolling waves...

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    For the archives, there's gonna be alot of people wanting this info as most external HD's are FAT32 so they work on Mac and PC.

    I didn't lose any data.

    start > run > command > convert X: /fs:ntfs

    "X" being the drive letter you choose.

    Then it asks to type the volume label, which was in my case "wd usb 2"

    It didn't even take long :)
     
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    Macgyver Deep beneath the rolling waves...

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    Eh, I did, and I found a million ways to do it, and every other little trick, tip, and info nugget except a clear answer about losing my data.

    It was probably implied and I wasn't savvy enough to figure it out.
     
  6. Clarity

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    Duh. Most people know you don't lose your data. Otherwise it'd be called >formatting< the partition/HD to NTFS, not converting >.<
     
  7. 5Gen_Prelude

    5Gen_Prelude There might not be an "I" in the word "Team", but

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    Yes, but partition magic also is supposed to "magically" change partition sizes but it too can "magically" corrupt your harddrive in the process.

    I've mever ran into a problem converting from FAT32 to NTFS though - it's same process that Windows uses during its install.
     
  8. deusexaethera

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    Any time you fuck with the partition table and the table of contents, you run the risk of losing all your data. He was perfectly justified in being concerned.
     

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