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Windows 7: Can't convert FAT32 to NTFS


29 Apr 2012   #1

Windows 7 64 bit Home Premium
 
 
Can't convert FAT32 to NTFS

I keep trying chdsk f: /f and it says its clean and fixes errors and then I go to Convert F: /FS:NTFS and it says I need to do chdsk :f /f
Any ideas? I can't get it to work

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29 Apr 2012   #2

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Windows 7 SP1, Home Premium, 64-bit
 
 

Is this a data drive, with ONLY data on it?

If it is, I'd be tempted to move the data elsewhere temporarily.

Then reformat with NTFS and confirm the disk is OK with checkdisk or manufacturer's disk utilities.

Then move the data back.
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29 Apr 2012   #3

Windows 7 Pro-x64
 
 

Did you sellect it as the current volume first?
Code:
vol f:
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29 Apr 2012   #4

Windows 7 Pro with SP1 32bit
 
 

Use a third party Partition Manager Boot Disk to convert from FAT to NTFS if you don't want to move the files already there. I think Windows 7 Disk Manager is not up to the task without deleting the data already on the disk.
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29 Apr 2012   #5

Windows 7 64 bit Home Premium
 
 

Im confused
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29 Apr 2012   #6

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by irbullet View Post
Im confused
That's fabulous.

If you want help, you might consider providing more detail.
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29 Apr 2012   #7

Windows 7 Pro-x64
 
 

Iggy beat me to it. If you answer the questions asked, perhaps we could be more specific.
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29 Apr 2012   #8

Windows 7 64 bit Home Premium
 
 

i dont want to lose data.
I dont want to have to format my external hdd
I dont want to transfer all the crap as it would take HOURS and my computer hdd isnt big enough
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29 Apr 2012   #9

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

At your own risk: try /r instead of /f with chkdsk (it's more thorough than /f).

It's not likely to hurt if your disk is healthy. And I've never lost data converting FAT to NTFS.

But, I always have proper backup, just in case. Cause you never know.
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29 Apr 2012   #10

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Are you sure you have entered the convert command in the proper syntax?

If you have correctly entered the command and it fails, I would try one or both of the following:

Use Partition Wizard, if I had my data backed up.

Reformat the drive, if I had my data backed up.

But I would do nothing at all if my data was not backed up. I wouldn't even use the convert command without a backup.
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