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Old 12-31-2005, 10:52 AM   #1
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converting NTFS to FAT


Hi,

I have a windows partition in NTFS, is it possible to convert it to FAT like this:
copy everything to another partition, use Linux to format the windows partition to FAT, and copy everything back.

Will it work and is it safe? I want to do this so I may edit stuff on that partition using Linux.

Thank you!
 
Old 12-31-2005, 11:12 AM   #2
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Why bother? Just set up a shared partion that is FAT. leaving windows in its NTFS nirvana. WIll XP even run in FAT? assuming it is XP of course.
 
Old 12-31-2005, 11:15 AM   #3
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If you're not planning on booting windows (XP?) again, then go for it. I had to do something similar with my storage drive. If the data on the partition still needs to be bootable though, I wouldn't go for it.
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Old 12-31-2005, 12:32 PM   #4
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Actually, you can install XP on a FAT32 partition just fine. You should be able to copy everything from one partition to another and then back again, just like you're planning to do. If you're looking for a nice tool to use to manage partitions and their formats, I'd highly suggest taking a look at Parted or its GUI counterparts QtParted and GParted.

Hope that helps!
 
Old 12-31-2005, 01:17 PM   #5
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Yes its windows xp in that partition. I already have a few partions all in FAT. I would like the windows partition to still be bootable.

Thanks!
 
Old 12-31-2005, 03:49 PM   #6
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My favorite solution:
BEST:
3 drives: Windows (NTFS), Linux, and Data (FAT32)

GOOD:
2 drives: #1 Windows and Linux, #2: Data
 
Old 03-09-2006, 02:27 AM   #7
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Is there any trusted way to simply convert an NTFS data drive to FAT32?
 
Old 03-09-2006, 02:37 AM   #8
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use the windows 98 start-up disk or windows 98 cd, just select to the option number 2 or with a cdrom support. and boot with your win98 startup and type to command promt "fdisk" and fdisk menu will load. after that delete you current partition and create a new one. then restart your computer. agian boot your win98 startup disk. format your hard with a command format C:
 
Old 03-09-2006, 02:40 AM   #9
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And by convert (in case I wasn't clear) I meant without sacrificing the data that's on the drive now
 
Old 03-09-2006, 02:45 AM   #10
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i dont think so. i dont have any idea.
 
Old 03-09-2006, 02:46 AM   #11
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You will need some tool like Partition Magic to convert a NTFS to FAT32 without losing data. It ain't free, but maybe it is worthy the investment if you plan to test/use Windows and other OSes on the same drive.
 
  


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