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Fat 32 to NTFS can this be done

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Dave65

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I want to change over to NTFS from Fat 32,can I do this without formatting the HDD?
I want to be able to password some files so other users cannot access these folders.Can this be done??
Thanks
 

mbentley

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Dave65 said:
I want to change over to NTFS from Fat 32,can I do this without formatting the HDD?
I want to be able to password some files so other users cannot access these folders.Can this be done??
Thanks

if you have windows xp, it is done by opening the command prompt and typing in:

convert c: /fs:ntfs

if you want to do a different drive, just change from c: to whatever.
if not in win xp, let me know and i will dig up the steps for you.

by the way, you must have win2k, winxp home, winxp pro, or winnt to run in ntfs. if you have a different os on the computer; any win9x, system, it will not read the ntfs partition. make sure you do not want to go back to fat32 because it's irreversible (you can re-convert back to fat32 using partition magic, but i wouldn't recommend it due to lack of reliability)
 
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Dave65

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Worked great thanks guys.Now if I can just figure out how to password some folders I will be set:D
 

mbentley

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Doc_Skurlock said:
I keep getting a message asking if I want to dismount the drive. What does this mean?

the reason it wants to dismount the drive is because it can't change from fat32 to ntfs while files are being accesses from it. it's been a long time since i have changed a partition so i don't remember what you are supposed to say there. i think if you say yes, it will tell you that the operation will need to be completed the next time windows restarts. dismounting is basically making the drive unavailable to anything. if a drive is dismounted, it will not appear in the explorer. i don't recall if a physical drive can actually be dismounted, i think that's why it has to convert the drive when the computer restarts, but i know that if you are running virtual drives that they can definitely be dismounted.
 

turd

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you cannot password out your files/folders

What you can do is create seperate user accounts and using permissions deny them rights to files/folders
 
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Dave65

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turd said:
you cannot password out your files/folders

What you can do is create seperate user accounts and using permissions deny them rights to files/folders

Ok thanks that is what I will have to do..