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Old 12-21-2004, 12:29 PM  
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tech: new hard drive installation

I'm installing a replacement internal hardrive on my laptop. I have all the programs and files from my old computer stored in backup format on an external hard drive. The external HD uses the FAT32 file system.

I selected the FAT32 system for my new internal hard drive. Operating systmem is windows xp professional.

Was this necessary?

Was it unnecessary, but ok?

Was it unneccesary and a bad decision that should be undone?

Thanks.
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Old 12-21-2004, 12:35 PM   #2
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I would have formatted in NTFS.
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Old 12-21-2004, 12:36 PM   #3
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I would have formatted in NTFS.
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Old 12-21-2004, 12:37 PM   #4
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So it didn't matter that the compressed back up files (essentially a copy of my old C:\) are stored on FAT32?
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Old 12-21-2004, 12:38 PM   #5
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no, NTFS > FAT32 for a file allocation system.
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Old 12-21-2004, 12:40 PM   #6
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Okay, is there an easy way to redo the format to NTFS? The windows installation disk is finishing the formatting now, but hasn't installed the OS yet.
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Old 12-21-2004, 12:41 PM   #7
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Okay, is there an easy way to redo the format to NTFS? The windows installation disk is finishing the formatting now, but hasn't installed the OS yet.
not really, you'll have to start over.
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Old 12-21-2004, 12:45 PM   #8
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You can change it to NTFS after your done.

How to Convert FAT to NTFS file system
To convert a FAT partition to NTFS, perform the following steps.

Click Start, click Programs, and then click Command Prompt.

In Windows XP, click Start, click Run, type cmd and then click OK.

At the command prompt, type CONVERT [driveletter]: /FS:NTFS.

Convert.exe will attempt to convert the partition to NTFS.

NOTE: Although the chance of corruption or data loss during the conversion from FAT to NTFS is minimal, it is best to perform a full backup of the data on the drive that it is to be converted prior to executing the convert command. It is also recommended to verify the integrity of the backup before proceeding, as well as to run RDISK and update the emergency repair disk (ERD).
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Old 12-21-2004, 12:46 PM   #9
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You can change it to NTFS after your done.

How to Convert FAT to NTFS file system

To convert a FAT partition to NTFS, perform the following steps.

Click Start, click Programs, and then click Command Prompt.

In Windows XP, click Start, click Run, type cmd and then click OK.

At the command prompt, type CONVERT [driveletter]: /FS:NTFS.

Convert.exe will attempt to convert the partition to NTFS.

NOTE: Although the chance of corruption or data loss during the conversion from FAT to NTFS is minimal, it is best to perform a full backup of the data on the drive that it is to be converted prior to executing the convert command. It is also recommended to verify the integrity of the backup before proceeding, as well as to run RDISK and update the emergency repair disk (ERD).
Opps, I didn't notice you hadn't installed WinXP yet.
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Old 12-21-2004, 12:50 PM   #10
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Set up is proceeding. I don't know when it will let me jump in and cancel. If it goes through the complete installation, I might try your file system conversion, OTC.
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Old 12-21-2004, 12:51 PM   #11
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Set up is proceeding. I don't know when it will let me jump in and cancel. If it goes through the complete installation, I might try your file system conversion, OTC.

I've done it on several computers with no problems yet.
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Old 12-21-2004, 12:52 PM   #12
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NEVER format a HD Fat 32 if you're on an NT based platform.

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Old 12-21-2004, 12:54 PM   #13
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FYI, it doesn't matter that your old drive is FAT32 since it's a completely separate drive. The OS can use FAT32 and NTFS file systems at the same time, as long as they are on different partitions (or drives in this case)...

Format the new internal drive as NTFS (overall it's a much more efficient file system) and install XP Pro. Then pop in your old drive. It will recognize it no problem.
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Old 12-21-2004, 12:56 PM   #14
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NEVER format a HD Fat 32 if you're on an NT based platform.

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The external HD came preformatted with FAT32 and that threw me off when I went to install the new internal.

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Old 12-21-2004, 01:00 PM   #15
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htismage is right. Just finish your WinXP install on the new drive, convert it to NTFS, and then transfer your files from the old drive to the new.
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