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NTFS External drive conversion

Question: NTFS External drive conversion

I am sick of the file size limitations on my external drive. So I decided I would convert it to NTFS, however, when I run the command lines a message pops upROBLEM:cannot run because this volume is in use by another process. Convert may run if this volume is dismounted first. All open handles to this volume would then be invalid. What does this mean? Will it ruin my drive if I go through with it?Or can the invalid handles be repaired?What is an open handle?

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Preferred Solution: NTFS External drive conversion

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Answer: NTFS External drive conversion

It means some program is using the drive. It may be because you have a folder open on that drive, or if you installed a defragger, it may be monitoring the drive.

In any case, if you have no program that you know of that is using the drive, then you may as well terminate all handles to it if the application offers. Otherwise, you can do it with chkdsk /x.

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It all started with a 4.3GB file. I attempted to move this file on to my 1.5TB external HDD when windows told me the file was to large. I searched on google and learned about FAT32 and NTFS. I wanted to format my HDD to NTFS without losing any of my 600+GB of data so I found a guide.

Convert FAT or FAT32 Volume to NTFS

Everything went off without a hitch and I later went to bed. When I awoke today I found my hard drive has pulled a Houdini. It will not show up in my computer, however it does show that i have a device plugged in at the bottom of the screen. I have tried giving the HDD a system letter through the control panel but all i see is this..


My drive is considered 4 drives or something to that effect. I don't know if it is always like that or not. All i know is i cannot give it a system letter or access the files on it in any way.
Any ideas?

Answer:FAT32 to NTFS conversion causing external HDD to disappear.

Hello dsmith, and welcome to Seven Forums.

Please go ahead and post a screenshot showing the full layout of your Disk Management with the external drive connected to see if it may help show what the issue is.

Disk Management - Post a Screen Capture Image

If you have not already, try connecting the drive to a different USB connector to see if there may be an issue with the one you did use.

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Hi Again,
Ive just converted a 64Gb USB Flash Memory from NTFS to Fat32, as far as im aware the conversion was successful confirmed by Disk Management and im still able to acheive 64GB space.
Im wanting to use the flash drive on the PS3, i know the PS3 will accept AVI files and MP4 files. The files range from home videos, movies and TV. some of the files will play but some wont, they are either not supported, no file in folders and file corrupt, but when I use my another 8Gb flash memory I have no problem watching any of those files types. Ive also used Format Factory to convert back and forth.
The flash drives packaging says USB flash memory but on PS3 it says USB flash disk, im sure that shouldn't make any difference.
Has any one got any idea where I have went wrong?
Thanks
Wams

Answer:Flash Drive conversion to NTFS to Fat32

Normally you cannot convert from NTFS to Fat32 without losing the data
you can do it the other way round.
I suggest you reformat the stick and then recopy the files to the stick.

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I have a very straightforward question: I am running WinXP Pro on my computer and I just got an external USB hard-drive to back up my data before I upgrade to VISTA.

My internal hard drive is NTFS file system, and the external drive is FAT32. My data backed-up perfectly.

However, I understand that VISTA is NTFS only (for the drive that it's installed on, which in my case will be the internal drive). I will be installing the VISTA OS on the internal drive, and using the external drive solely for backing up data.

I don't want to back up my data externally, upgrade my PC to VISTA, and then discover that I can't access the data on the external drive.

Here's my only question: will VISTA work with a FAT32 external drive, or do I have to convert that external drive to NTFS *before* I attempt to connect it to VISTA?

awaiting your replies - I'll appreciate all the help I can get!
 

Answer:will VISTA read a FAT32 external hard drive,or do I have to format the drive to NTFS?

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I run a Maxtor XT5000 (250Mg) for backing up, which is currently configured as FAT 32.My PC is NTFS (connects via USB2) and my Laptop (connects via Firewire, as it's USB1.1) is FAT 32, both are Windows XP.As I wish to use the Maxtor as a central file depository for both machines, I am canvassing your opinions.Which would be the better file system to use?I am able to change at any time now, but will shortly start filling up and therefor become difficult. I also plan to divide it into 3 or 4 Partitions, although I haven't decided on their sizes yet.

Answer:NTFS or FAT 32 on External Drive?

NTFSclick here

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I have a WD Passport Essential 320gb external hard drive that I want to use to back-up my dual boot system (W7 and XP). Unfortunately, the software included won't install to W7 and I am too lazy to switch over atm. I've decided to use W7's built-in back-up application to create a system image, but first I have to format the external drive. How can I do that?

Answer:How can I format my external drive to NTFS?

Hmm nevermind. I seem to have found out how to do this immediately after posting. GO WINDOWS 7 SEARCH!!

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I HAVE a new Maxtor external drive USB2.

I want to format it NTFS. What do I do? It is connected to my Dell Laptop which has WinXPpro on it.
 

Answer:How Do I Do An Ntfs Format On An External Drive

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Is there any concern for using NTFS formatted drives in an external USB drive where it may be used on multiple computers? I recently got a new Hitachi external drive and it came formatted as FAT32. Putting disk images on it with tools such as Terabyte's Image for Windows is a problem.

Tim

Answer:NTFS Formatted External Drive

NTFS will work fine on an external. The only issues you could have is if you try to use it on another computer that either does not run windows or is an earlier version that does not support NTFS.

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Is it possible to convert an External Hard Drive (200gb USB) to NTFS from FAT32 using the command prompt method?

Answer:Converting External Drive to NTFS

click here and substitute the letter of the drive that you wish to convert.

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Just got a new 250GB Freecom External HD to replace an ancient 70GB Maxtor External.The new HD will be used for storing back-ups of the PC's HD.I am currently using NTFS on the PC and the old Maxtor. The Freecom is already formatted as FAT32, and they recommend keeping this format.I know that NTFS is safer, but FAT32 is quicker. I am thinking of formatting the Freecom to NTFS. Any advice would be appreciated. I am using XP Home (SP2).

Answer:NTFS or FAT32 on external USB Drive

Got a Freecom 500GB external HD last month and formatted it as NTFS. No problems.

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Got a USB2 external hard drive to connect to my ps3. However, I can only format this drive as NTFS within XP and Vista, and the psp3 requires it to be fat32. Is there a way in either xp or vista to format this as fat32 as the only option in the drop-down menu is ntfs?here's hoping!!

Answer:EXTERNAL DRIVE - NTFS/FAT32

click here

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Hi
We have recently lost the data on an external drive to our PC, as the drive's contents no longer show in Windows Explorer.
I have a portable USB3 drive, formatted with NTFS. It is a Verbatim Store 'n' Go USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive 1TB. The drive is no longer readable by Windows 10. When it went wrong the computer made a bizarre sound of a high-to-low groaning noise. Since then, this portable drive hasn't worked, but the actual computer (PC) is OK. Just that drive has gone bust.
I purchased the Discinternals NTFS recovery software, to try to remedy the problem. This utility extracts files from the USB drive. It HAS succeeded in bringing back lots of files (1000s, as the drive held 1-to-2 TB of data), which is good so far. However it will only let me extract the files, as it does not bring back the drive's folders. This means the files are not restored to the folders they were previously in i.e. the folder structure is still lost. So now we have literally 1000s of files with no way to know to which folder they would have belonged. The original filenames have also been lost, as this recovery software simply renumbers them.
Also, it seems that none of many .txt files hat were on the drive have been recovered. Is this to be expected with this software?
Is there a utility to get the original folder structure back - or at least some of it?
Is there a better type of software perhaps?
Thanks for your help.

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To back up to ext hard drive I have to format it to NTSF. How do I do this?

Answer:external hard drive not formatted ntfs

Plug the hard drive into your system. Click on the Start icon, then My Computer. You will see all of your disks. Right click on the external, and pick Format.

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I bought a new external HD recently, and used Acronis to back up an image to it. I noticed that the 60gb backup is split into 4gb chunks, which I assume is because it is formatted FAT32?What is the max file size for NTFS, and is it OK to format the external HD in this way. I.e I wont mess it up (obviously the reformat will wipe my backup)Please advise

Answer:External hard drive - Fat32 or NTFS?

It's generally regarded as best to file in NTFS unless you are using an operating system older than XP. click here

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Which is the better format for my external 2TB Hard Drive?

At the moment it is FAT32 and for some reason it won't allow me to place a Windows 7 System Image on it?

I have another drive - which is NTFS - which accepts everything.

OK - my question is, which is the better option? Should I reformat the 2TB FAT32 to NTFS?

I am backing up the usual office notes, pdfs, music, mp3, many .avi films, photos etc.

Any advice appreciated!!

Answer:NTFS or FAT32 with External Hard Drive?

Decide yourself . Read the pros and cons of each of them .

NTFS vs. FAT: Which Is Right for You?
FAT32 or NTFS: Making the Choice

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Well tomorrow I am receiving my SSD. And my external hdd is fat 32 and I can't backup some of my stuff because of the file size limit.
I believe I need it to be NTFS but how do I change it from fat32 to NTFS? Any help would be appreciated. Thanks!

Answer:External Hard drive fat32 to NTFS?

You can format most drives to NTFS using Windows.

Convert FAT or FAT32 Volume to NTFS

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I have just bought an external LaCie 250gig d2 hard drive. I am planning on archiving my cd collection with my Win XP pc, but I will be using a Mac in the future. Does anyone know if I should format the drive with FAT32 to allow accessing the files (which will be WMA'S) on a Mac later on, or NTFS? Does it matter??!!Pleeeease help!Thankyou.

Answer:FAT32 or NTFS for my external USB hard drive?

If your going to use the drive with other operating systems then stick with fat32.

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I have just purchased a Seagate Ext HD. My main computer has two parts to the HD: C for the main programmes etc, and D for the installation files, etc which came instead of a CD.The C drive is NTFS and the D drive is FAT32. The Seagate Ext HD is also FAT32, Do I have to change anything on the Seagate Drive ie make it NTFS?Can I backup the C drive and then the D drive onto the Seagate without it overwriting anything?ThanksPhil

Answer:External hard Drive NTFS or FAT32?

How are you going to backup? using True Image? click here or click here

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I have an external 250GB external USB hard drive to move data between 2 computers in 2 different locations. On the original computer (Pentium III 350GHz) I have no problem, but when I move the drive to the second computer (Pentium 4 3.0GHz) if I try to copy files I get the error message "Windows was unable to save all the data for the file R:\$Mft. The data has been lost. The srror may be caused by a failure of your computer hardware or a network connection. Please try to save this file elsewhere."Both computers are running Windows XP Home SP2, the original is FAT32 and the Pentium 4 is NTFS. Anyone know how to fix this?

Answer:Problems with an external hard drive and NTFS $Mft

It may be that when you disconnect from the first PC, Windows is still writing to the disk from the drive cache. Do you just unplug it, or do you use the "Safely Remove Hardware" option from the systray area. I would suggest trying the second option prior to removal, even though it not strictly required in XP. In these days of 8Mb drive cache, Windows sometimes needs time to catch up.

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I am running XP Media Edition on a BRAND NEW Computer I hooked up today. I took an existing NTFS External Hard drive and plugged it into a vacant USB port. The new PC does not like this external drive. When I boot the light on the front of the drive turns amber and when I go to My Computer it does not appear. If I power down the drive it will finally appear in My Computer but when I try to access it there is only one EMPTY folder. When I look at Properties it says there is 160G being used and the rest is free so the data is there. I can plug this same External drive into another PC and it reads just fine. I plugged another external drive into the new PC that had a different file system (FAT 32) and it read just fine. It appears my new PC will read FAT 32 but not NTFS. What gives??
 

Answer:Windows won't read NTFS External Drive

What’s your file system? I bet your Fat32! Go and check, and if it is, you need to convert to NTFS. Go to the run command and type convert C: /fs:ntfs Were “C” is the primary Windows partition.
 

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I have a external hard drive that froze up on me whilst working on images from it. It no longer shows on it's properties as NTFS it shows as RAW??? with no space left, I've run chckdsk on it and I don't know how to clear up the problem or is my drive just trashed now. It indicates also in properties that it's working properly.

Any advice, help will be much appreciated.
Thanks.
Linda

Answer:external hard drive ntfs now shows as RAW???please help

go to contorl panes/administrator tools/computer management and in computer management go to disk manager and see what it says there. you can also try to use a file restoration utility to read files off of the drive if they are realy important

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Hi guys, I'm trying to copy some files to my external drive as a backup, but it won't let me copy files bigger than 4gigs. My external drive is 1TB.

How can I make it an NTFS drive WITHOUT loosing the data stored on it?? Or can I make a partition of it NTFS and then move the data there, and THEN delete the FAT32 part and allocate that space to the NTFS drive?

In short, can I change a FAT drive to NTFS without loosing data using win7 tools? I don't even want to try until I hear something, I'm afraid I'll destroy my data. Thanks guys,

Mud

Answer:Simple NTFS vs FAT External Drive Question

You will need to format your External HD to NTFS, to copy files over 4.3g,
Hope this of help.

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I want to convert external hard drive from FAT32 to NTFS. I know it cannot be changed back. I have some files that I want to use in a video editing program (Pinnacle Studio Ultimate 12) which need to come from NTFS. I noticed I cannot move AVI files from the NTFS to theFAT32 system as all necessary data is not able to be transferred-found that out this morning.
I have Win Vista as my main computer and a Tablet PC running XP tablet edition. I would assume XP will be able to read the NTFS format without difficulty.
The external drive is not partitioned-I haven't done that before-not sure if one needs to. For an external drive the only right click option is 'format' there is no 'convert' option. I have 43.9 Gigs free of 76.6-not sure why it shows up as 76.6 as the external drive is 100Gigs. I have enough room on my Vista computer to back up the files. Not sure what will happen with the avi files though.
Any suggestions on how you would do this?

Here's what Windows Help and Support says about doing this although I am not sure they are talking about an external drive.


Convert a hard disk or partition to NTFS format

The NTFS file system provides better performance and security for data on hard disks and partitions or volumes than the FAT file system used in some earlier version of Windows. If you have a partition that uses the earlier FAT16 or FAT32 file system, you can convert it to NTFS by using the convert command. Converting to NTFS does n... Read more

Answer:Solved: Convert External Drive From Fat32 to NTFS

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At 500gb external drive WDPassport I have about half the tv recordings or avi files. It is formatted to NTFS, which cannot read Sony VCR. It can only FAT32. Can be convert the disk to FAT32 without data loss or the need to back up? FAT32 drives have a problem with the size of 40GB, as I found out. Can anyone help?
thanks
Peter
 

Answer:USB external drive for video recorder (NTFS to FAT32)

The file limit for fat32 is 4GB NOT 40GB.

FAT32 to NTFS is straightforward and simple, the other way around, like you want, is fairly complex.

If you have files larger than 4GB, many nested folders or files and folders with very long names, I wouldn't recommend you do this, because FAT32, does not support these and hence you could lose them regardless.

Try this program.
 

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My 300 gig Seagate hard drive is missing its NTFS file and I am unable to access anything from the drive. I receive the following message THE FILE OR DIRECTORY IS CORRUPTED AND UNREADABLE.

In my computer I right-clicked on the drive letter, clicked on properties, tools, error-checking, Scan for and attempt recovery of bad sectors, Start. After four attempts all ended with nothing happening, I closed My Computer. Then I right-clicked the My Computer icon and selected Computer Management, then Disk Management. It was black under the File System tab. My C drive is NTFS and my HDDRECOVERY is FAT32.

HELP WHAT DO I DO!?!?!?!? I have 200 GIGS of photographs on that drive and need them desperately

Thank you in advanced for all your help.
 

Answer:Newbie – How do I reinstall the NTFS to an external hard drive

NTFS and FAT32 are file systems; they tell you how the hard drive partition is formatted.
Tell us what you tried to do. Did you back up a file from an ntfs partition and try to restore it to a fat32 partition???

You can copy files between fat32 and ntfs, but you cannot do a backup-restore between the file system.

If I'm wrong, Im sure someone will be kind enough to correct me.
 

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I have an external WD 8TB My Book: My Book - External Hard Drive | Western Digital (WD)

It is formated in exFat. Could I do a quick format with NTFS? Would this cause any drawbacks?

Answer:Overwrite exFAT format of 8TB external drive with NTFS?

It won't cause any drawbacks other than erasing everything that is currently on the drive. I would start with the clean command in diskpart. Just make sure you have the correct drive selected!

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Good afternoon,
I am sure this has been mentioned on here many times, but every time I search for my problem, I always get the same results: Third party this, format this, backup your data that.

Here is what is going on. I have a 2TB external hard drive that is more than 90% full. backing up my data via third party software is not an option because I don't have room to store the data anywhere. The copious amount of data on the drive is also why I can not just simply format the drive to change the file system. I have also tried a couple of methods involving check disk commands and using disk management. neither of these methods have worked out in my favor. This problem has really shaken my confidence with computers and troubleshooting. up until this point I thought I was pretty well educated on fixing stuff like this, but I really can not figure this one out.

So here's the summary: large hard drive, no formatting, no backing up the data, RAW to NTFS.

Thank you.
 

Answer:2TB Western Digital external hard drive Raw to NTFS

I'm still confused. What is it you want to do?

Try Recuva, if you think your files have been deleted!
 

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I have a 600GB WD external drive (NTFS) where I store almost everything I access on a day to day basis. With no warning (as it always happens), I received an error while trying to access it. I can't remember the exact wording but it was something to the effect that the drive needed formatting. Using Hardware and Disk Manager, I managed to see that the drive was still at the correct capacity (500GB used) and it says (Active) and (Healthy) but under FILE SYSTEM, where it should have said either FAT or NTFS, it was blank.
I asked for some advice within an online chat group I'm part of and they suggested I used a program called TestDisk. I followed the instructions on the page as best as I could, as far as I could go and was prompted to reboot my computer. After doing so, and reconnecting the drive, I am now getting an error that say that the drive is corrupt and unreadable.
I've run CrystalDriveInfo and it has "Caution" under Health Status. I'm not completely sure what to look for with this program and most things show as blue, which seems to be good. There are three points that are yellow; Reallocated Sectors Count (196), Current Pending Sector Count (187), Uncorrectable Sector Count (200).
I'm so lost without this drive. I really don't feel like the drive itself is finished, but I have no clue how it's lost its NTFS format. I've tried reading through stuff I've found with google but all I'm getting is pretty muc... Read more

Answer:External drive missing NTFS file system

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Hi,External NTFS Hard Drive 160GB( Samsung make) suddenly appears as RAW format and is now unreadable.I had an external USB drive which was working along nicely for over a year, Now, it has suddently become unreadable and windows is asking if it be formatted.. I don't know what to do. I connect it to two different PCs and both cannot read it.Please help ...thanks.

Answer:External NTFS Hard Drive suddenly appears as RAW

There appears to be a spate of hard drives converting from NTFS to RAW. e.g. click here

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Took forever but I finally got this external hard drive I borrowed from friend to transfer files to computer with broken cd drive. But when I try to access the drive it tells me its not formatted and asks if I want to format.
Any idea of what I should do, if I can even do anything.

Answer:Is there anyway for win98 to read a NTFS external hard drive?

No, 98 won't read that drive. How much data is it? You could use a flash drive.

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I have an external WD 8TB My Book: My Book - External Hard Drive | Western Digital (WD)

It is formated in exFat. Could I do a quick format with NTFS? Would this cause any drawbacks?

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Hi! I am using Bart PE to recover data from my laptop's hard drive, which has stopped booting up and instead comes up with a blue error message stating that there is an 'unmountable boot volume'. Therefore, using the 'get data back for NTFS' plugin, I have managed to see and get to the stage where I can copy the files to somewhere else to recover them. However, the laptop/software just will not detect my external hard drive, a 320GB USB Toshiba!

Has anyone please got any suggestions as to what I can do to 'see' the hard drive and transfer the data to it? Or how I can get the files off another way? I really need the recent data on it, and my last back-up was two months ago mad!

Thanks for reading this,

Ghost3203,
 

Answer:<<Get Data Back NTFS - Can't Detect My External Hard Drive>> Please Help :(

(FOR MORE INFORMATION PLEASE SEE: http://forums.techguy.org/windows-nt-2000-xp/643999-unmountable-boot-volume-please-help.html)

Thanks.
 

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Like the title said, i accidently converted my external HDD which was in fat32 to NTFS with PartitionMagic.

It took less than 1minute, and it was a 1TB harddrive, so I'm pretty sure no data was changed, only the one of the header sectors. So yea no I have an EMPTY ntfs drive here and i need to recover it.

I know theres a bazilion programs that can RECOVER files, but i don't want to scan the whooolee 1tb drive and recover and rewrite it all to another drive and all that trouble. I was hoping to find a way to just convert it back to fat32 and set the right header and just get my old drive back.

Thanks in advance
~PH0X
 

Answer:Accidently converted Fat32 External media drive to NTFS

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I just bought a Maxtor 5000LE that has 80GB storage capacity and uses USB 1.1/.20 to connect to the PC. It comes formatted with FAT32. I will be storing large .avi files on this (around 700MB each) and wanted to know what would be the best file systems as far as disk storage and performance. I imagine with USB 1.1 or even 2.0 the performance will be poor anyhow. But in terms of making the most out of the 80GB I have to work with is NTFS or FAT32 better? I don't care about file system security and I am not sure if compression would be helpful in this case. Thanks in advance for any feedback you can provide.
 

Answer:Best File System (NTFS or FAT32) for USB External Hard Drive

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Hi I am looking to update my PS3's hard drive. I already bought an new hard drive for my PS3, now i need to back up my data. The only problem is that the portable hard drive I have is in NTFS form and not FAT32. I have read tat I need to partition my hard drive but I have no idea how?? If anyone could give me steps on how to do this I would greatly appreciate it. I have Windows Vista and I have a Seagate FreeAgent Go Portable Drive.
Thanks
 

Answer:Solved: Reformatting an External Hard Drive from NTFS to FAT32

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I'm trying to install a game onto an external hard drive but it tells me that the game requires an NTFS file system while the hard drive is FAT32.

Is there a way to change the hard drive to NTFS? Will it result in data loss?

Thanks.
 

Answer:Solved: Can I convert an external hard drive from FAT32 to NTFS?

have a read here
http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows7/Convert-a-hard-disk-or-partition-to-NTFS-format
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/307881/en-uk

But I would not trust it, if the data was important - i would make sure I backed it all up first
 

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Hello, I'm kinda new to external hard drives and I can't seem to find the exact answer on this forum or other forums. I run windows xp and have an external western digital 150gb hard drive with FAT32 but would like to change it to NTFS because I can't seem to transfer file sizes up to 4gigs into it; plus I heard a lot of advantages with NTFS. My initial question is, will I lose all my data in my external hard drive if I decide to "format" it to NTFS. I will be able to transfer files larger that 4gigs when it is formated right? I know you will lose your data (if you decide not to make a backup) if you "convert." I have a lot of data already stored in my ex. hdd. I'm just curious, if I right click on the ex. hdd drive in "my computer" and selecting "format" to NTFS, will I lose my data in the ex. hdd? Will I need to make a backup or can I just format with my data in the ex. hdd? And what does the "enable compression" and "quick format" do under "Format Option?" I apologize if I didn't find this answer somewhere else.
 

Answer:formating External Hard Drive to NTFS (lost of data?)

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Like the title said, i accidently converted my external HDD which was in fat32 to NTFS with PartitionMagic.

It took less than 1minute, and it was a 1TB harddrive, so I'm pretty sure no data was changed, only the one of the header sectors. So yea no I have an EMPTY ntfs drive here and i need to recover it.

I know theres a bazilion programs that can RECOVER files, but i don't want to scan the whooolee 1tb drive and recover and rewrite it all to another drive and all that trouble. I was hoping to find a way to just convert it back to fat32 and set the right header and just get my old drive back.

Thanks in advance
~PH0X

Answer:Accidently converted Fat32 External media drive to NTFS

Well unless Im mistaken, the only way to switch back to NTFS is to reformat the drive - which still doesn't get your data back. I hope I am wrong.

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I have an external drive, which was the old internal drive (40 Gb) from my laptop removed when I had a problem, which was probably software related. Have now formatted it and wanted to use it for backup data. However, format from my XP made it ntfs, whereas my internal drive is fat 32. Tried to copy files over. It will regognise a single file copy and I can access it but when I try to copy whole directories I can see the file but cannot access. Do I need to find a way to format as fat 32 or is there an easy way to copy files (as opposed to using a backup utility) to it that can be accessed easily at a later date.
 

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Question: NTFS Conversion

I just replaced my old 20g hard drive (which was defective) with an 80g one. After reinstalling Windows 98SE and my XP upgrade, I tried to convert it from FAT32 to NTFS. I get a message that "Convert cnnot run because the volume is in use by another process. Convert may run if this volume is dismounted first. ALL OPEN HANDLES TO THIS VOLUME WOULD THEN BE INVALID. Would you like to force a dismount on this volume?". Can anyone tell me how to make sure nothing is running. I have checked control-alt-delete and there are no applications running. Everything in the system tray is closed. I would appreciate any help I can get.

Thanks.
 

Answer:NTFS Conversion

Forgive me if im wrong, but why did you install win98 when you are upgrading to winxp. If you startup with the winxp cd as boot dont you just put your old win98 disk in (When asked)
to prove that it is an upgrade for xp to install.

All previous upgrades I have used use this method, unfortunately I cannot verify that its the same with xp, but give it a try
 

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Question: NTFS Conversion

I have a 98 to XP home edition, home network.

I want to convert my XP machines from FAT32 to NTFS.

Will my 98Fat32 machine beable to share files, or save files onto the converted XP machine?
 

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Question: NTFS conversion

I recently upgraded a system from WinME (no snickering!) to XP. In the upgrade (from XP Pro Full version CD) my drive formatting was maintained as FAT32. I understand this, if I had done a fresh install NTFS would have been an option, but I wanted to hang on to my old ME system files until I was sure the upgrade was going to work. Now that I've decided to keep XP on this system is there a way to convert to NTFS without starting over and reformatting this drive?
 

Answer:NTFS conversion

Hi there walleys,

Here's a thread on the subject on the old forums -> Changing my FAT32 drive in XP

Have a nice read & a nice stay on the forums.
 

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Hello.
I recently bought an Ext HD to store my back-up files. I just plugged it in and set up the Back-up program and it works a treat. However I have noticed that whilst the file system on my normal C drive is NTFS it is Fat 32 on the Ext HD. I wonder will this cause any issues should I wish to recover any files in the future or should I use the convert command and change its file system to NTFS?

Thanks in advance.
 

Answer:Solved: Should I Convert The File System On My External Hard-Drive To NTFS?

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I am running Carbonite's Mirror Image on my Windows 8 system, using an external USB-connected hard drive as the target disk.  Carbonite formats the target drive before using it for mirror images.  The snapshot process works fine, but it appears
that after the snapshot is complete, Windows is doing something that causes the system to dismount the drive.  I assume it is the new automatic disk maintenance service that comes with Windows 8.  The Carbonite function was fine under Windows 7,
but when I upgraded to Windows 8 this problem began.
The System log details a series of events whereby a first check of Drive O/Disk 1 (the mirror image drive) is declared healthy: Event 98 ("Volume O: (\Device\HarddiskVolume16) is healthy.  No action is needed.").  But
then a series of Event 153 Warnings show up ("The IO operation at logical block address 1887dd98 [and others] for Disk 1 was retried."), followed by an Event 140 ("The system failed to flush
data to the transaction log. Corruption may occur in VolumeId: O:, DeviceName: \Device\HarddiskVolume13.(A device which does not exist was specified.)")
Oddly, this sequence repeats, including the Event 98 that Drive O is healthy!
Externally, the drive is definitely dismounted from the system as reported by the Carbonite InfoCenter.  Once I unplug the USB cable and then reconnect it, the mirror image resumes.
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how to convert ntfs to fat32 for mac with a external hardrive

Answer:conversion of ntfs to fat32

If you have ntfs you usually can not easily just convert. You have to copy off data.Vista should have a way to re-size a partition. You may be able to move a bit at a time or all of it from a shrunken ntfs to a newly created fat.NTFS-3G support is added for MacOSX.Consider adding support for ntfs in apple. Go to this link. http://www.apple.com/downloads/maco...That way you get the benefit of ntfs and can swap between.1/3 of highway deaths are caused by drunks. The rest are by people who can't drive any better than a drunk.

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hey guys ..i wonder if its possible to convert a FAT32 to NTFS WITHOUT losing any data within the command prompt ..i have a winxp pro + service packHelp appreciated.

Answer:FAT32 to NTFS conversion

Well, the convert tool has converted plenty of filesystems for me without damaging data.There's no need to emphasise WITHOUT like that. We're not stupid.How to use the convert tool from the command line(Assumes drive letter is C, change as needed)VOL C:Note the name of the disk in the first line, and the Volume Serial Number (for example, 3F4E-2D1B) in the second. Then type:CONVERT C: /FS:NTFSIt will ask for that name in confirmation. Then it will ask two further questions. Reply Y each time to set up conversion to happen at the next boot, then restart the machine. (If you are converting a partition other than the operating system?s partition, you may find that it runs without rebooting.) After returning to Win XP, the hard disk will work for two or three minutes, tidying up. Leave things alone during this time.

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I have a iomega 200Gb external USB HDD in Fat32 format for back up's. No problem with it. but wish to convert it to NTFS.Have tried converting through My Computer/Manage/Disk Management/Start/Run/. Typing CMD for command prompt. Then Typing "convert" F:/fs:NTFS. (F being the drive letter) I get the response "Drive not recognised. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thank You.

Answer:Fat32 to NTFS Conversion Help Please

There should be a spsce between F: and / as in F: /fs:ntfs

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Hi there,

I have a new 200gb hdd to install and i was hoping somebody might clear up a few items. My comp presently has a 30gb hdd with xp pro sp1 on it and a 2nd 40gb hdd used for storage and backup. I want to replace the 40gb with the new 200gb. The 30gb hdd with the os on it is formatted NTFS. The 40gb that I'm taking out is Fat32. I have a second comp that I'm going to back up the 40gb drive on prior to installing and formatting the 200gb drive. If I format the new drive as NTFS, will I have a problem moving the backed up data baclk on to it if it was previously formatted as fat32? Or should I convert to NTFS before backing it up? If the second answer is yes, whats the best way to convert to NTFS? I read here earlier that using the command prompt to conert is not the best way. Thanks for any answers.
 

Answer:Fat32 to NTFS conversion??

You shouldn't have any problem copying data from a FAT32 disk to a NTFS disk. The OS will automatically do all the work.
 

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hello i dont even know where to begin i have been fighting with my pc for going on 2 weeks i finnally got xp back on it
i love xp i never had any problems until recently i was in the middle of playing clancys splinter cell when my system
crashed after it crashed i could not get it to restart nothing i tried worked the biggest problem is that
my originl xp pro operating system disk got damaged some how i never knew that a disk could become corrupted wich i
still dont get makes no sense at all anyway my xp disk would not go into setup it would get as far as
checking for system files right after the f8 license agreement then it would just stop with a f3 quit setup option
drive me crazy well the only other os disk i have is win98 so what i eventually got to work was using a xp iso
with my cd key from with in win98 wich took me 4 days to figure out how to do it i was at my wits end by the time
i got it to work what i had to end up doing was creating a 2 partitions on my hard drive 1 primary and 1 extended
logical partition but every time i got win98 on the c: drive i would only have 10gb of space yet d: would have
all the rest of my 80gb hard drive space so what i ended up doing was installing win98 on the d: drive i put all
the system files on the second partition so i could have more disk space only the boot files are on the c: drive
or first partion now my question is is it safe for me to convert from fat32 to ntfs if this is the way my system
is setup

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Answer:Need Help with NTFS File Conversion

What are you proposing to use to do the conversion? You can't do it from XP without first installing disk management software and in any case it's not something you should even consider without first taking a full hard disk image so you can recover if it misfires. I would use the free version of Easeus Todo for the disk image and Minitool Partition Wizard for the conversion. That's free too.
 

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I'm trying to convert my current WinXP machine which is FAT32 to NTFS but am having a few problems trying to get it to work.I run the command prompt to convert, comp restarts, does disk check, everything is fine, says there is enough space to convert (50GB free) then starts converting.During the conversion process I get an error message saying some directories are damaged or there is not enough space to continue, I cant believe there wouldn't be enough space so is there any way to fix these directories and then start the process over. The disk check said everything was fine so I can't understand whats going on. The screen with the error message goes so fast that I can't see which directories it says are damaged.Any help would be greatly appreciated, thanks

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I was converting an external USB hard drive from FAT32 to NTFS. I had initiated the conversion through the command line interface to start after the next boot. During boot, I only saw a blank screen so I turned off the computer, unplugged the USB drive and restarted hoping that I could start over or just forget it. Now that USB hard drive is inaccessible. Is there any fix??
 

Answer:NTFS conversion failed

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hello i dont even know where to begin i have been fighting with my pc for going on 2 weeks i finnally got xp back on iti love xp i never had any problems until recently i was in the middle of playing clancys splinter cell when my system crashed after it crashed i could not get it to restart nothing i tried worked the biggest problem is that my originl xp pro operating system disk got damaged some how i never knew that a disk could become corrupted wich i still dont get makes no sense at all anyway my xp disk would not go into setup it would get as far as checking for system files right after the f8 license agreement then it would just stop with a f3 quit setup option drive me crazy well the only other os disk i have is win98 so what i eventually got to work was using a xp iso with my cd key from with in win98 wich took me 4 days to figure out how to do it i was at my wits end by the time i got it to work what i had to end up doing was creating a 2 partitions on my hard drive 1 primary and 1 extended logical partition but every time i got win98 on the c: drive i would only have 10gb of space yet d: would have all the rest of my 80gb hard drive space so what i ended up doing was installing win98 on the d: drive i put all the system files on the second partition so i could have more disk space only the boot files are on the c: drive or first partion now my question is is it safe for me to convert from fat32 to ntfs if this is the way my system is setup let me break it down so i ... Read more

Answer:help with ntfs file conversion

The post is almost impossible to read without punctuation.

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Hi,
System;-
O/S Windows xp pro, updated , sp1
512 meg Ram
80 gig hdd


I have been converting my networked computer drives from Fat 32 to NTFS, and so far everything is great. However I have yet to convert the "C" partition as I would like reassurance that the o/s on that computer will not be interfered with in any way. The conversions on the other partitions have been done by using command prompt and typing - - convert- (drive letter):/fs:ntfs
But in another place the instructions are :-
start - run - cmd - enter
Then typing:- "help convert" the following instructions appear:-

CONVERT (drive letter):/ FS:NTFS /V /CutArea:filename /NoSecurity /X

where:-
/V specifies that CONVERT should be run in verbose mode
/CutArea:filename- specifies a contiguous file in the root directory to be the place holder for NTFS system files.
/NoSecurity- specifies the converted files and directories security settings to be accessible to anyone.
/X- forces the volume to dismount first if necessary. All opened handles to the volume would then be invalid.

Most of those explanations of command letters mean nothing to me!
All I want to know is which method to use to ensure everything on my "C" drive stays the same as it was under FAT32?

One further point, I read that it is best to use "BootitNG" before converting
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Answer:FAT32 to NTFS Conversion

I have in the past when I first installed XP formatted to Fat32 by accident and did use the convert cmd to convert both my OS drive and my spare data drive to NTFS with no problems thats not to say nothing bad will happen as you well know Harry "shit happen" but it did work well, apart from the cluster size staying to 512kbs rather that the NTFS 4k default size but the benefits of NTFS far outweigh the cluster size.


but these days I do prefer not to use convert at all... a new install is generally the best option.


but if you have everything backed up then go for it NTFS is much more secure in data handleing than Fat32.

good luck
 

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I'm trying to convert an external drive from fat32 to ntfs, I'm running Windows XP Pro.

It starts to do something, but then, I get a message that there is not enough space to do the conversion and it stays as fat32.

The drive is 80gig, only 14% of which is full.

Any suggestions?

Thanks,

Michel Ditlove
 

Answer:Fat32 to NTFS conversion

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My laptop computer has a 40 gb harddrive that came with the drive partitioned into a 30 gb C: drive and a 10 gb D: drive. I attempted to change the file system from FAT 32 to NTFS. This worked fine on the C drive, but I am having a problem with my D drive. When I try to access this drive, I am told that it is not formatted. When I try to format it, I get a message that Windows can not format it. Naturally I can't store any files on this drive. How can I format it? Can I eliminate the partition and have one 40 gb hard drive?
Thanks,
Norm

Answer:FAT to NTFS Conversion Problem

right click my computer and click manage, in the left pane on the console click on disk management and the drives/partitions will appear in the window on the right. You can format the partition from there.

To make it 1 partition without data loss you will need 3rd party software such as Partition Magic.

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My hard drives have been set up as FAT32 under Windows XP. Now I wish to convert the drives to NTFS.

I started to convert drive E, which is one of my data drives. I ran

convert E: /fs:ntfs

in a cmd window.
I got the following messages:

The type of the file system is FAT32.
Enter current volume label for drive E: SPARE
Convert cannot run because the volumne is in use by another process. Convert may run if this volumne is dismounted first.
ALL OPENED HANDLES TO THIS VOLUME WOULD THEN BE INVALID.
Would you like to force a dismount on this volume? (Y/N) y
Volume dismounted. All open handles to this volume are now invalid.
Volume SPARE created 10/03/2007 11:06 PM
Volume Serial Number is 1A0A-1934
Windows is verifying files and folders...
File and folder verification is complete.
Windows has checked the file system and found no problems.
....some statistics regarding the disk space, etc....
Determining disk space required for file system conversion...
Total disk space: 20177608 KB
Free space on volume: 19519952 KB
Space required for conversion: 99037 KB
Converting file system
The volume does not contain a recognized file system.
Please make sure that all required file system drivers are loaded and that the volume is not corrupted.
Unable to notify other components that this volume has changed.
I tried to open drive E: and I was told that it was not formatted. So I proceeded to format it as NTFS. It seems to have formatted OK:

Creating file system structures.
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Answer:Conversion from FAT32 to NTFS

how are you formatting drive E?

click on start, control panel, administrative tools, then computer management

then click on disk management
find your drive E and format it through there. perform a quick format and make the filing system ntfs.


About your other question, you might want to look for a program called partition magic, I'm unsure if you can convert from a FAT32 system to a NTFS especially when an operating system is involved but if any program will do it
partition magic will
 

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My hard drives have been set up as FAT32 under Windows XP. Now I wish to convert the drives to NTFS.

I started to convert drive E, which is one of my data drives. I ran

convert E: /fs:ntfs

in a cmd window.
I got the following messages:

The type of the file system is FAT32.
Enter current volume label for drive E: SPARE
Convert cannot run because the volumne is in use by another process. Convert may run if this volumne is dismounted first.
ALL OPENED HANDLES TO THIS VOLUME WOULD THEN BE INVALID.
Would you like to force a dismount on this volume? (Y/N) y
Volume dismounted. All open handles to this volume are now invalid.
Volume SPARE created 10/03/2007 11:06 PM
Volume Serial Number is 1A0A-1934
Windows is verifying files and folders...
File and folder verification is complete.
Windows has checked the file system and found no problems.
....some statistics regarding the disk space, etc....
Determining disk space required for file system conversion...
Total disk space: 20177608 KB
Free space on volume: 19519952 KB
Space required for conversion: 99037 KB
Converting file system
The volume does not contain a recognized file system.
Please make sure that all required file system drivers are loaded and that the volume is not corrupted.
Unable to notify other components that this volume has changed.
I tried to open drive E: and I was told that it was not formatted. So I proceeded to format it as NTFS. It seems to have formatted OK:

Creating file system structures.
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Answer:Conversion from FAT32 to NTFS

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I have an HP notebook which runs on Windows Vista Home Premium 32 bit.

I have two external hard drives, both Western Digital Elements. The older one, 1 TB, uses the FAT 32 file system. This is inconvenient since some files I wish to add are larger than 4 GB.

The newer WD, 2 TB, is NTFS, so sometimes I have to use this drive for the larger files that would ordinarily go onto the older drive, based on how I organize my data.

Is there any way to change the older drive from FAT32 to NTFS???? (That is, a solution that "even I" can understand????)

Thanks if you have anything to suggest.

cashcqshel

Answer:[SOLVED] How to change external hard drive file system from FAT32 to NTFS????

You can use the command line tool "convert" to convert a FAT32 volume to NTFS. Example:

convert X: /FS:NTFS

NOTE: This operation is not without risk. Be sure you have a backup of all important files before proceeding. Of course you should have this anyway. Usually the command works without incident but it can fail, leaving the volume in an undefined state. It is a good idea to check the drive with the chkdsk command before proceeding. Do not do this on a drive whose reliability is in question.

Also be aware that the command is non-reversible. Microsoft provides no tools to convert NTFS to FAT32.

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After converting HD from FAT32 to NTFS using the command prompt in Windows XP. The PC won't boot up-just makes noise with a black screen.
Symantics recovery disk doesn't work either (Norton SystemWorks 2005 premier installed.
I didn't back-up B-4 conversion.
I do have OEM recovery disks that came with my Fry's laptop-can I use these?
OEM is EliteGroups if that helps.

 

Answer:PC won't boot after FAT32 to NTFS conversion

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"Convert cannot run because the volume is in use by another process. Convert may run if this volume is dismounted first... etc" This message is also received when in safe mode.. all nonMS programs are stopped.

Using XP Home, SP1 fully updated. 512 Mem, 120G HD, system defragged.

How can I find out what is running and how to stop it?

Thank you for any help in this matter.
 

Answer:FAT32 to NTFS conversion problem

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This is a question that needs a little background, so bear with me.

A few weeks ago I was walking upstairs to my bedroom with my laptop and I dropped it in the hallway. I didn't think much of it because the hallway is carpeted and, well, it wasn't that far of a fall to begin with. The fall did, however, force it to shut down.

The next time I went to use it, I was having all kinds of issues. According to the Task Manager, my computer would be using 23-40% of the CPU by simply sitting - nothing out of the ordinary was running in the background and absolutely nothing was running in the foreground. Also, I found that I could not open Winamp and Firefox simultaneously, else the CPU would spike to upwards of 60%. It was the strangest thing.

Oddly, I took a look at my C: drive this afternoon and the file system was FAT32. That was extremely peculiar, as I knew that I had formatted it NTFS and it had always been read as NTFS before I dropped it. The only possible explanation is that dropping it somehow changed the file system. But that makes no sense whatsoever... does it?

I converted her back to NTFS and she's running fine now, but I figured I would post anyway to see if there's some odd "Oh, Windows converts the file system every time it receives a harsh blow to pay you back for being retarded," rule. I just want to make sure it never happens again.

Any thoughts?
- Justin

Answer:NTFS - FAT32 Conversion in Windows XP?

The drop in no way converted the hard drive to FAT32.

Also, the drive being FAT32 shouldn't cause the CPU spikes.

I suggest you shut down, remove the battery, then make sure the RAM is properly seated.

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For some inexplicable reason, the Systemax OEM PC we bought in 2006 had its Windows installation on a FAT32-formatted C: partition by default. I only noticed it this month, and after backing it up, I tried convert.exe based on what every-website-ever agreed on was the right instruction. Since it was running off of the partition it needed to convert, it asked me to run on the next restart, which it did. The process took at least 2 hours, but sometime in between the last time I checked up on it and when it finished, it apparently *undid* all the conversion it was doing, because the C: partition still read as FAT32. I did it again with the same result. I'm trying to borrow a video camera to record the end of the process that I keep missing, but does anyone have any ideas what could cause this kind of problem in the first place?
 

Answer:Solved: conversion from FAT to NTFS failure

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Hello, guys.
I had some serious trouble with my 4g Sony MicroVault Tiny USB drive.
After getting a warning of reaching the device top capacity of storage I realized that there was actually 2.x G of data fulfilling 3.7 G in the device
So, trying to gain space, I converted the device from it's original file system (FAT32, I think) to NTFS.
After relocating the initial 2.x of data in there it actually occupied just that exact space.
The thing is that after unplugging and replugging the drive, it's no longer recognized by my -nor any other- PC. It just shows some new device connected as if it was some "USB MEMORY BAR USB Device".
So, now all the data is lost. No trackable backup on my hard disk.

Is the device -and the data in it- really lost or is there any way to recover them?

Thanks...
 

Answer:Sony USM4GH dead after conversion to NTFS

1st, back up your data RIGHT NOW! or you will lose something else. Not the data on the stick, but on your harddisk. Like bookmarks.

There's some software that recovers data on flash memory, but there's no guarantee that they work. The best solution is back up. I set up my family pc to back up the flash drive that contains their files every day. And their C drive every month. My C drive in my main pc every day. I'd lose at most one day of work.

If you can't recover the data on the stick, you can try formatting it in a portable device like a camera. Use FAT32.
 

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I have 1TB Seagate External HDD Extreme but didnt succesfully converted because of these Errors during conversion:
"Windows found errors on the disk, but will not fix them because disk checking was run without the /F <fix> parameter."
"Lost chain cross-linked at cluster 2306188. Orphan truncated."
"Convert lost chain to files <y/n>?" On this i select "Yes"
"32 KB in 1 recoverable files."
"Windows found problems with the file system"
"Run CHKDSK with the /F <fix> option to correct these."
------------------- KB total disk space
----------- KB in ----hidden files
----------- KB in ----folders
------------------- KB in -----files
------------------- KB are available

---------- bytes in each allocation unit
------------------- total allocation units on disk
-------------------- alllocation units available on disk
"The volume may have inconsistencies. Run Chkdsk, the disk checking utility."
"The conversion failed."
"F: was not converted to NFTS"

So i ran "Chkdsk /F" on F drive but still didnt fix the problem.
I dont know what to do. Please help.

Answer:Error message during conversion from Fat32 to NTFS

Download Seagate Seatools and have it fix the errors. From memory, it should fix Maxtor and most likely external Seagate drives.

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I have a Compaq Presario 5000 Model 5BW284 PC with Windows XP Pro. I want to convert the file system from FAT32 to NTFS since that is what's recommended for my situation. I have a C drive and D drive. Conversion to NTFS is recommended for drives with over 32GB volume. Since the D Drive is less than 3 GB, should I just convert the C Drive to NTFS and leave the D drive at FAT32?

Also, it's recommended to backup the system before doing a file conversion. I have never done this before. I would need to backup about 6.3 GB with the Windows backup utility. It would take too many CD's to do this, so would a removable mini USB flash drive work?

Thanks,
Dave

Answer:A couple questions about conversion to NTFS file system

First and foremost if you reformat your drive you will loose ALL data!! secondly your D:/ Drive is the same as your C:/ drive, Drive D is just a partition on the c drive (One hard disc two sections)

What's more the D:/ partition on a Presario 5000 contains emergency repair files to restore your PC back to factory settings in case your Os ever fails. Formatting this partitian will erase this data.

If you really wan't to reformat your C:/ drive, leave the D:/ partition intact in case you ever have to restore your pc. Why is the C:/ drive in FAT format?

Hope this helps

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At first, I don't need to recover my data, I just want my drive back to re-use it.
How can a format my usb drive including all boot sectors which sees to be locked/write-protected by bitlocker?

My problem starts with decrypting my drive by deactivting bitlocker on it by entering the valid password/recovery key. At 36% of decryption the process halts without reason. Now, I'm unable to access my drive or resume the process.

I tried...
    ...to format with windows
   ..remove with diskmgmt
   ... remove with diskpart
   ... repair-bde
   ... manage-bde
   ... ubuntu live cd
   ... mass production tool software, to override the whole stick

nothing worked. The only thing which worked was once the software M3 Bitlocker recovery Free, but just one time to access the locked partition. But, as mentioned I don't need to recover my data. With that tool I'm not able to wipe the drive.

That Bitlocker protects my data till the end is good, but that it breaks my data and my hardware in such a case is not fair.
How can I break the write-protection mode to finally wipe the hard drive?

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Hi Mr/Ms
I
flash
drive encrypted
with BitLocker 
I used
this
driver for three months my computer is broken I bought a new computer    when i was try my flash disk new computer its give me this  problem 
BitLocker Drive Encryption failed to recover from an abruptly terminated conversion. This could be due to either all conversion logs being corrupted or the media being write-protected
? know my passworrd but I do not know
the BitLocker
recovery key what can i do know pls some one help me 

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My family just replaced our '97 gateway G6-300!!! with an hp something or other. I had installed a western digital 60 gig hard drive in the gateway, and now i want to remove that and convert it to an external hard drive for my laptop that i use at school. the laptop is a compaq pressario r-3000 with more than sufficient storage, but... well i just want to have more!!! What would be the best way to attempt this transformation? is a case necessary? or could i just slap it in a tupperware containter or something? would i connect it with usb somehow? any information would be greatly appreciated. thanks!

Andrew.

Answer:internal to external h.d. conversion

http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProduc...155-703&depa=0

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I have a VOX V1 external HD and would like to use it as an internal HD in an older computer that lacks USB 2 and E-SATA inputs. Is the drive contained within the VOX able to be used this way, or would I be better off to just buy a 500 GB internal drive? I originally got the drive to use on a network for storage but have never been able to get it to function as such. If I could get it to function on the network that would also be a solution since the old PC will be on the network eventually.

Thanks for any suggestion or help.

Duncan
 

Answer:External HD to Internal HD conversion

According to a review I read on the Vox V1, it is a SATA drive.
http://www.techwarelabs.com/reviews/storage/VOX_V1_500GB/
If the older computer lacks SATA connections, it won't do any good to remove it from the casing and try to install it internally.
 

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A friend of mine gave me his external hard drive with the hopes that I might be able to fix it.

It's a new external Western Digital that is 2TB in size and he purchased it within the last 2 or 3 months. I don't know what he did, but it wouldn't surprise me if he pulled the USB cord without properly unmounting the drive and something with his filesystem became corrupted. I don't know how to repair this.

The drive will show you a drive letter when you attach it to Windows, and using a partition manager (in Linux) shows the drive to contain an "unknown" partition type. In Windows, running "chkdsk e: /x /r" returns an error that says "chkdsk is not available for RAW drives".

Anyone know of a reliable (and preferably free) utility that might be able to repair this kind of problem quickly?
 

Answer:External hard drive NTFS partition missing; chkdsk says it's a "RAW" partition now

Is this a data recovery operation? Should be able to just format again if not.

Otherwise testdisk (http://www.cgsecurity.org/wiki/TestDisk) might be useful to recover the partition info.
 

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I have an External USB.
It was a GPT Disk.
I turned it to an mbr disk and created a NTFS Primary Partition and problems started.
Ok, it is there, then in the middle of the copy, it is not.
Or it is there, but the copy process gets stucked.
Sometimes format is possible , sometimes not.
Before this conversion from GPT to MBR; the drive was 90% full.
So, if I have a drive like this having problems with;
how can make it work healthy again, that is if I can?
Do I write it with zeros? Do i format it with external software?
Do I format with from command prompt?
Do I format it to fat32 and ntfs?
What ways can return my drive to the healthy way of working before I converted it?
By the way, I checked and changed the plug and USB Cable and tried different ports.

When I connect the drive, I see the warning of "This drive can work faster if you connect it to a USB 3.0 port". I can see the drive in the "Safely Remove Drive Section" with its name,
But I can't see the drive in Windows Explorer or in Disk Management!
What the heck?
Thanks!

Answer:External USB (not) giving errors [after gpt to mbr conversion]

In linux, dmesg | tail result is


Code:
dmesg | tail
[ 79.655616] sd 6:0:0:0: [sdc] 3906963456 512-byte logical blocks: (2.00 TB/1.81 TiB)
[ 79.656111] sd 6:0:0:0: [sdc] Write Protect is off
[ 79.656113] sd 6:0:0:0: [sdc] Mode Sense: 47 00 10 08
[ 79.656115] sd 6:0:0:0: [sdc] Assuming drive cache: write through
[ 79.657359] sd 6:0:0:0: [sdc] Assuming drive cache: write through
[ 79.657362] sdc: sdc1
[ 79.679245] sd 6:0:0:0: [sdc] Assuming drive cache: write through
[ 79.679249] sd 6:0:0:0: [sdc] Attached SCSI disk
[ 79.737267] ses 6:0:0:1: Attached Enclosure device
[ 404.122944] usb 2-1.3: reset high speed USB device using ehci_hcd and address 11

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Ok so I have converted my old laptops 80Gb HD to an external using a kit. It even works. What I want to be able to do however, it won't let me. There is about 5Gb worth of old files on there from the Vista operating system that was on the laptop this drive came from and they won't be deleted. How can I clear out these unwanted files and folders so that 5Gb can be put to better use?
 

Answer:Solved: Internal to External conversion

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Hey, I was wondering if anyone could offer some advice on this one.

I was messing around on a Mac in OSX, and moved my NTFS formatted (in windows) drive into the Mac to access my music.

I used NTFS-3G for OSX in order to mount the drive as readable AND writable, and everything was fine. Drive worked, everything accessible, all good.

I booted up the Mac this morning, and to my horror, everything on the music drive (except some Mac directories starting with '.' was gone. Scary feeling..

The drive usage (98% used, 3GB free, or somewhere around there) is still shown correctly though, so I have some hope of recovering the data. The drive is back in the windows machine now, and it's still the same, nothing miraculously re-appeared.

I know not to write anything to the drive until the data is recovered.

I have a backup, but it's from August so I've lost quite a bit of music that I bought online, as well as some other stuff that was on that drive.

Any ideas on recovering the data, bearing in mind that the disk usage appears to be correct? As far as I can tell, a bug in NTFS-3G has written the allocation table (or whatever it is in NTFS) incorrectly, effectively hiding the data from view, but no disk-wiping operations have occured so it should still be there,.. somewhere..

I know there are disk recovery utils out there, but I've no idea which ones will help, and which ones might make the situation worse.

Many thanks in advance

Ian
 

Answer:NTFS-3G corrupted NTFS drive. Files missing but "disk usage" correct

Essentially what I'm looking for, if such a thing exists, is a way to recover the allocation table rather than the files themselves (which are hopefully still intact).

Cheers
 

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I couldn't find this problem being addressed, but I imagine it has somewhere. I recently purchased a new comp. I am trying to copy files from old hard drives onto my new comps hard drive. I thought the easy way would be to slap those drives in the comp. I seem to have the hardware working correctly. However, I get the "D:\ is not accessible. Access is Denied." error when I try to explore the volume. I am logged in as Admin. Is this an OS related issue.

Thanks
 

Answer:Hard Drive: Win 2k Pro NTFS to XP NTFS

The new comp has XP Home preinstalled. I have two hard drives which had been in the old computer and are formatted in Win 2k using NTFS. I have tried installing both drives as slaves on the main channel, slaves on the secondary (CD-R on it) channel and sole devices on the secondary channel. Results are the same. BIOS and Windows correctly indentify the hardware. And, Windows maps the drives. But, if I try to access volumes that I am certain are there, I get the error message.

Thanks a bunch for your response...it is quite frustrating
 

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I am looking to turn a laptop HD into an external drive. The drive is 2 3/4" wide by 3 3/4" long. However, there is a metal extension that extends beyond the connection about another 1" or so.

My specific question relates to the kit size - are they universal? What size conversion kit would I need for a drive that size? I should have recorded the make/model of the drive when I removed it (I put it back in). The laptop that contains the drive is a Compaq Presario R3000.

Thanks for any help.
 

Answer:Help With Laptop External HD Conversion Specs/Sizes

http://www.yourcablehookup.com/cables-laptop-hard-drive-adapter-17705-p-1208.html

you can use something like this, there are lots that come in cases
 

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I have a Dell Dimension 8400 that we no longer use. The last time I used it it was giving me the blue screen of death upon startup. It would not even start windows before BSD. I have a ton of family photos and data on it. So, someone mentioned that I could possibly pull the HD out, mount it in an external disc enclosure, and then access the pictures and data I want to recover. Sounds easy and reasonable to me. How about you Guys? What do you think? Thanks., Dan
 

Answer:Data Recovery: Conversion of Internal HD to External HD

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Just bought Western Digital External HD (250 GB).I intend to use it for: >backup with (NERO Premium 7)>Norton Ghost (recovery points/Image) It is formated in FAT, my XP system in NTFS.Q's:Do the two formatsystems interfere for my jobs in hand?On my first recovery point created (Norton Ghost)in the external HD, I'm finding 4 "Symatec Image files" and 1 "Symatec Recovery Disc file".(I'm sure thats how its suppposed to be, but I just need a bit of TLC and reassurance.) Should I ever need to recover from a major crash, are these 5 files all there is for Ghost to fully recreate my system state?Thanx

Answer:External HD -FAT or NTFS?

Do the two formatsystems interfere for my jobs in hand?No.Don't use Ghost so can't answer second part but looks not unreasonable.

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Hello all, I am running vista business, and wanted to use the pc full image back up, to an external omega hard drive. However it would not let me due to the fact that the external is formatted in fat 32. does anyone know how I can reformat an external hard drive to NTFS? thanks . K
 

Answer:reformat external hd from fat 32 to NTFS?

First get a GOOD image program such a Acronis TrueImage, and then you would NOT need to reformat the external drive.
 

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Can't believe this but I have just discovered my external back up HD is fat 32.

I know in XP I could run a command line from the run box to convert to NTFS.

I did try this, I'm using Win 7 with run enabled but no joy, can I convert this HD from within the Win 7 environment?

I wish to convert but not loose any data.

Answer:Converting External HD from Fat 32 to NTFS

Hello Tram,

You should be able to use the same command convert C: /fs:ntfs to do this with. Substitute C: for the drive letter of the external drive. I just tested it on a USB flash key in Windows 7 (7127 build) in a elevated command prompt, and it worked without a problem.



Hope this helps,
Shawn

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Hi,
I have a new SSD Drive (128GB) and I was experiencing some poor performance.
I read in another older thread about it and I want to post here my findings.
Windows has a very good utility to check performance of Drives : Elevated Comand Prompt >
Winsat Disk -Drive X (X is Drive is letter you want to test)
There you get all testing results of Read/Write/Rand/Seq and other.
Most significant and important is the Latency : Maximum. There is a huge diference from NTFS and ExFAT (2500 vs. 500)
Also, the Sector size in ExFAT has a significant impact on this Latency. I was testing with 16K, 32K, 64K and 128K.
64K is Good but I thing 128K is a litle better.

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XP installed recently is working well, but there's a problem. Startup was taking a long time, and once the black screen w/ XP logo came up, it soon went away and just left a blank black screen. This time I waited, and window came up saying system would do a disk check. It did so quickly, and message said "F" drive (external Seagate 160MB HD), is FAT32. When installing XP, I chose NTFS. There are many docs & files on the external HD. In addition to installing XP, also installed Office 2003, a newer version than what the word & excel docs on external HD were created in. Previous OS was WinMe, current RAM is 512, 1 MHz processor, Dell desktop. Once system did the disk check, it stayed on that screen, so I shut down, turned off the external HD, and restarted. Everything came up fine, and very quickly.

Is it possible to convert any of the files on the external HD to NTFS? Or is there a way to access, edit those files that won't conflict with my new OS?

Thanks for any assistance
 

Answer:XP is NTFS - External HD is FAT32

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My toshiba 1tb external hard drive currently says it is a raw file system and i cant seem to format it no matter what i do. I dont care for what is inside (only one word file) but i just want to be able to use it again. Is there anyway i can format the HDD and make it usable again?

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Answer:Converting RAW external HDD to NTFS?

If you don't care about the content and assuming your HD is still good then:
Open Admin Command Prompt:
diskpartlist disk =====>take a note of disk # of your HDselect disk #cleanexit
Open Disk Management: initialize, create simple then format with NTFS.

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Hi,
I have a new SSD Drive (128GB) and I was experiencing some poor performance.
I read in another older thread about it and I want to post here my findings.
Windows has a very good utility to check performance of Drives : Elevated Comand Prompt >
Winsat Disk -Drive X (X is Drive is letter you want to test)
There you get all testing results of Read/Write/Rand/Seq and other.
Most significant and important is the Latency : Maximum. There is a huge diference from NTFS and ExFAT (2500 vs. 500)
Also, the Sector size in ExFAT has a significant impact on this Latency. I was testing with 16K, 32K, 64K and 128K.
64K is Good but I thing 128K is a litle better.

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Hello all well I have a SeaGate 3TB HD. I turn off my computer for the night per usually stuff and nothing happen that was weird. Went to bed and than woke up and found out that the data for the HD is still there somewhat but is not there as well as the system think it a RAW stuff now. I went around and read other threads on the topic but think it best to open my own up as my issue is a little different.

I have use MiniTools and also use Partition Recovery Wizard and it found my lost file system with a blank name for the type. I can see it but when I click the check box to restore it it won't do it.

So I have try so far chkdsk but can't do it b/c it's a RAW.

So I'm sort of mmmm what now stage.

Thoughts?

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Usually, when you buy an external hdd in a shop, is comes pre-formatted right?

Is this usually FAT or NTFS?
 

Answer:External HDD's: how are they usually formatted NTFS or FAT?

Most that I have seen come formatted as FAT32.
 

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I have an EXTERNAL HD. I formatted it in FAT a few months ago. Ever since then, my laptop PC was unable to recognize the unit, but the Mac (which is not working right now, unfortunately) never had a problem with it. When I connect it to my laptop PC via USB, the USB icon shows up and the "USB Mass Storage Device Properties" says the "device is working properly." But the folder doesn't show up in My Computer, and diskmgmt.msc says the device is "Unallocated." Hopefully that doesn't mean the unit crashed because I have some stuff on there.

Without losing the data (that should be on it, unless it crashed), I want to convert this thing to NTFS. I did some Google searching, but the instructions on how to do this (they say use convert.exe) aren't working. Moreover, no one mentioned how to convert an External, secondary HD.

Can anyone here help? Thanks.
 

Answer:Convert EXTERNAL HD Fat to NTFS

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Hi

I have a 250GB WD Passport USB HDD.

I'm doing up an old PC to sell on which was only USB 1.

I have bought a PCI USB 2.0 Card. I have fitted it and it works fine. My VX6000 Lifecam works fine for example at the USB 2.0 speed.

The USB Hard Disk Drive works fine on the old USB 1 Ports but when I try to plug it into the new USB 2.0 Ports Windows invites me to Format the Drive as it is a RAW Partition.

It is formatted as NTFS and works fine as I say on USB 1 Ports.

What's going on?
 

Answer:Solved: RAW Format on NTFS External HDD

I'm embarrassed to admit that after doing a chkdsk /f /v and a reboot the drive now works. lol

I wonder if this had anything to do with changing the Write Caching and Safe removal Option from "Optimise for Quick Removal" to "Optimise for Performance" ?
 

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I bought a external USB enclosure and installed a formatted NTFS HDD. After I attached to the enclosure to my computer, the system recongnized the device and installed the driver for it. But I can not see the HDD anywhere. Not in Disk Management, not in Window explorer either. I have tried with different HDD and computer, same result.

My computer is running Window XP, and it used NTFS file system also.

what could be the reason for this? Or the enclosure is faulty?

Please help....

THANK YOU!!!!!
 

Answer:External USB enclosure problem with NTFS HDD

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I have a external HD that is formatted in NTFS. I found out from binary dump that something is wrong with my ntldr. Code: [Select]00007f80  eb f2 c3 0d 0a 41 20 64  69 73 6b 20 72 65 61 64  |.....A disk read|
00007f90  20 65 72 72 6f 72 20 6f  63 63 75 72 72 65 64 00  | error occurred.|
00007fa0  0d 0a 4e 54 4c 44 52 20  69 73 20 6d 69 73 73 69  |..NTLDR is missi|
00007fb0  6e 67 00 0d 0a 4e 54 4c  44 52 20 69 73 20 63 6f  |ng...NTLDR is co|
00007fc0  6d 70 72 65 73 73 65 64  00 0d 0a 50 72 65 73 73  |mpressed...Press|
00007fd0  20 43 74 72 6c 2b 41 6c  74 2b 44 65 6c 20 74 6f  | Ctrl+Alt+Del to|
00007fe0  20 72 65 73 74 61 72 74  0d 0a 00 00 00 00 00 00  | restart........|
00007ff0  00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00  83 a0 b3 c9 00 00 55 aa  |..............U.|
00008000  05 00 4e 00 54 00 4c 00  44 00 52 00 04 00 24 00  |..N.T.L.D.R...$.|
00008010  49 00 33 00 30 00 00 e0  00 00 00 30 00 00 00 00  |I.3.0......0....|How would I go about fixing my ntldr in a external HD? I read this article below but it doesn't have any useful instructions for a external HD. It only has directions for a HD that has a OS on it. http://www.computerhope.com/issues/ch000465.htm

Answer:ntldr is missing from a ntfs external HD

there is nothing wrong with your NTLDR or your external drive.Think about it. you know those are error messages, right? But they are only error messages when they are being showed to you, not when you go looking for them in the files that contain them!Your logic here would be similar to performing a binary dump of a executable file such as diskcomp, and because it shows "Disks Compare OK" assuming that any floppies you happen to have in your drives are identical. You're seeing the messages, but you are basically seeing where the program loads those messages when it wants to show them because they are relevant; seeing them in a disk dump doesn't suddenly make them relevant!What you are seeing is the binary dump of the boot sector itself. Why you would have a bootable external drive I haven't the faintest, but what is relevant here is that unless you are planning on installing the drive into a computer and booting to it, it's rather pointless to lose any sleep because it has a boot sector. NTFS drives do not require NTLDR. NTLDR is the core component used during the windows XP and earlier boot process.

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Basically im trying to use my hdd on my mac which wont show up in disk utility, desktop or finder.
but on my windows pc it shows so when I try to format it from NTFS to exFAT the message: unable to format comes up what do I do
 

Answer:External HDD is not formatting from NTFS to exFAT

Delete the partition and start over.
 

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