Quote: Originally Posted by fairgrace
Yes, you're right, but that was the old used partition and I'm concerned to convert it to NTFS in case I won't be able to use the files I've got on older versions of Windows...am I once again off the mark?
What "older versions of Windows" are you concerned about?
Do you have them installed in another partition of this same machine? Can you boot to either one using Boot Manager Menu?
Win98 does NOT support NTFS, but WinXP does. Which do you have? If you have WinXP as well as Windows 7, then there is no problem CONVERTING this partition to NTFS from FAT32. I had forgotten you had an existing partition you were trying to "shrink", and thus had existing data which would need to be preserved. Naturally, deleting and re-creating would of course lose everything on the partition so that's not the right solution.
But you can use Partition Wizard to CONVERT your FAT32 partition to NTFS, as described on their web site.
I'm not sure I understand about the 'logical' partition I've created...just followed the Mini Tool Default option!
It may have been the default, and in your case it really doesn't matter whether you created it as "logical" or "primary".
As I said earlier there's no problem having a mix of both "primary" and "logical" partitions on the same drive, as long as you don't exceed FOUR "primary" partitions on the drive. If you need four or fewer partitions, you can use either type... although "logical" partitions would be physically contiguous to each other inside of the one "extended partition". That's just where "logical" partitions go, and that's where they'd be created.
And since the "extended partition" (which supports any number of "logical" partitions sub-defined inside of it) is also a "primary" partition, that means you can have as many as THREE true "primary" partitions, and then the fourth "extended partition" (also "primary") to hold any number of "logical" partitions inside of it.
But in your case... with only two partitions total... it really doesn't matter which were selected. Both could have been "logical", or both could have been "primary", or you could do it the way you did it. No consequence, no performance impact.
Anyway, FAT32 is NOT a good file system choice for such a large partition... for several reasons. But if you're using an OS like WinXP or Windows 7, you should ALWAYS format drives as NTFS.
I would absolutely recommend that you use Partition Wizard to convert that partition from FAT32 to NTFS. If there is anything crucial on it, you are well advised to take a backup first or copy those files to a second location temporarily, just to feel secure... before requesting PW to convert fro FAT32 to NTFS. I have 100% confidence that it will be successful and without incident, but you don't want to be devastated if the electricity goes out while you're doing this.
Of course, if you do have crucial data anywhere... presumably you already have a reliable and dependable backup scheme (to secondary media) in place, so that you don't get devastated by some unexpected disaster on your "live" data.