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Windows 7: Options for Full External Backup of 3 installed Hard Drives

17 Jul 2012   #11
VJBenz

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
 
 

Thanks karlsnooks and mjf. I'll do as you suggest.

Vic


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17 Jul 2012   #12
kado897

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mjf View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by VJBenz View Post
OK... a couple of questions.

Q1: Do I have to reformat my I drive to NTFS or can I "convert" to NTFS from exFAT without formatting, and therefore losing the stuff I have on the I Drive?


Q2: Can I add partitions to my C Drive without reformatting it? What are the steps?

Vic
Q2:
It's good to have the installed Partition Wizard Mini Tool AND the CD/DVD ISO. You make a bootable CD/DVD from the ISO using for example
The Official ImgBurn Website
Another good program to have.

For partition operations like yours I would recommend using the Boot CD.
To do the job you
1)highlight the partition (C)
2)drag the right handle to the left so that the OS occupies ~ 200GB
This will a large chunk of unallocated on C to the right
3) Select Apply
4) Select the unallocated
5) Use the obvious tools to format it NTFS, Primary - Apply the operations
6) Assign a letter - Apply

Q1:
Copy your data to your newly created partition and do an NTFS format (Primary) of your I drive. You can use Partition Wizard again if you want. I'd do a quick format as a full format will take a long time.
Copy your stuff back.
It is my understanding that Partition Wizard can convert the filesystem without loss of data but I have yet to try it myself.
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17 Jul 2012   #13
mjf

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by kado897 View Post
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It is my understanding that Partition Wizard can convert the filesystem without loss of data but I have yet to try it myself.
I don't know but I would have been surprised. I'd copy to be safe.
If you convert the filesystem let us know if the data stays in tact.
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17 Jul 2012   #14
karlsnooks

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit
 
 

I think that feature is only available in the paid version.
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18 Jul 2012   #15
kado897

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mjf View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by kado897 View Post
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It is my understanding that Partition Wizard can convert the filesystem without loss of data but I have yet to try it myself.
I don't know but I would have been surprised. I'd copy to be safe.
If you convert the filesystem let us know if the data stays in tact.
It's in the free version and I just tried a FAT32 to NTFS conversion in a VM and it works without loss of data.
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18 Jul 2012   #16
F5ing

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

For years I've always just used the convert command within Windows to convert FAT or FAT32 to NTFS. It's always best to have the data copied somewhere else first, but the couple of dozen times I've used it I've never lost data.

It should be noted though, to ensure you realize the full performance benefits provided by NTFS you should always create a newly formatted NTFS, then place your files there. I'm not sure if third party software would do a better conversion (performance-wise) than Windows convert would.
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18 Jul 2012   #17
mjf

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1
 
 

Before I undertake any partition operation, never mind a format change, I make sure I have the data backed up in some way in case things screw up. This includes images for the OS/installed programs and any type of file data backup that takes your fancy.
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19 Jul 2012   #18
kado897

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I second that. You can never have too many backups.
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19 Jul 2012   #19
karlsnooks

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit
 
 

my mistake earlier. I thought the attempt was to convert dynamic to basic.
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19 Jul 2012   #20
F5ing

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

My mistake too. I was reading it as wanting to convert FAT to NTFS. Looking back at prior posts I see it's an exFAT partition. I don't think the convert command can handle exFAT, only FAT and FAT32.
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