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    Hello, is there any way i can convert a ntfs partition to fat32 without removing windows xp on the primary partition? please help.


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    Windows XP has no tool for converting from NTFS to FAT32. You would need to use third party software such as Partition Magic, it can be risky! If you are going to try make sure you do a thorough back up first.

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    ^^ I think OM8 has the option but not sure how efficient it is.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Saad View Post
    Hello, is there any way i can convert a ntfs partition to fat32 without removing windows xp on the primary partition? please help.
    Just curious: Why would you want to do this?

    The best way (in the long run) is to backup your important files, then reformat the partition and reinstall Windows XP.

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    I may be wrong but from what I have read: You can go from can convert a fat32 partition to ntfs without data loss but you cannot convert a ntfs partition to fat32. Am i correct ???

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    Quote Originally Posted by HappyAndyK View Post
    I may be wrong but from what I have read: You can go from can convert a fat32 partition to ntfs without data loss but you cannot convert a ntfs partition to fat32. Am i correct ???
    I thought so too but when I searched around, others said PM8 allows you to go from NTFS to FAT32 w/o losing data.

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    Thank you all for your replies.So looks like i cannot do it-atleast not easily.

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    Quote Originally Posted by iMav View Post
    I thought so too but when I searched around, others said PM8 allows you to go from NTFS to FAT32 w/o losing data.
    I have tried that once but it make some of my files corrupted but rest is OK.

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    i have a simple suggestion.. use an external hdd to create an ntfs partion and then add some dummy files and convert and see if u still have these files in the fat32 partition.. if u succeed u can safely do it to ur real partion.. also taking a image backup is always recommended

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    I'd do it that way (requires some free disk space):
    1/ I image the nfts partition with a tool like Drive Snapshot to a set of files I place somewhere on another partition.
    2/ I mount the image as a virtual drive
    3/ I perform a basic check that all my files are OK on this virtual drive
    4/ I format in FAT32 the source partition
    5/ I copy back all files from the virtual drive to the FAT32 formatted partition. If something happens, I can always image back the image to the source partition

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