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How To Convert ntfs back to Fat32??

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[Mudd]

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plz tell me how to get a hdd with ntfs back fat32 and how to format the master boot record?? i have no clue how to get ride of ntfs i hate it plz help links will help to thx?
 

Abra_Volta

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I guess my main questions would be, why do you hate NTFS? It's a better system for larger hard drives and provides better security.
 

minoukat

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If you wanna just format the whole thing, get hold of a bootdisk from Windows 98 from www.bootdisk.com , fdisk the drive (type fdisk and remove all partitions, create new ones), fdisk the MBR (type at the command prompt fdisk /mbr), and after your new partitions are in place, format the drive using format c: where "C:" is the partition you want to format.
 

Oni

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There is no way to convert the NTFS partition back to FAT32 w/o losing all of your data. If you converted it, my advice to you would be to leave it.

Abra_Volta had a good point, and you sounded terribly rude to him. What do you have against NTFS? It's a far superior filesystem to FAT32 at any rate. Faster, and less fragmentation than FAT32
 
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[Mudd]

[Mudd]

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theres no data to loose just want to get back to fat32
 

UnseenMenace

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You can not convert NTFS to FAT32.. you have to format / wipe your hard disk and as such will loose all your settings and data when you reinstall.

The correct way to do this would be that described by minoukat ... " Download a Windows 98 bootdisk from www.bootdisk.com , fdisk the drive (type fdisk and remove all partitions [ the NTFS partitions, will be called - non dos partitions ], create new ones), fdisk the MBR (type at the command prompt fdisk /mbr), and after your new partitions are in place, format the drive using format c: where "C:" is the partition you want to format."
 

josi

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There are software called Partition Commander 8 from V-COM or Partition Manager from Paragon software which claim to do that, but I'm not sure if it will work with dynamic-disks.
 

Oni

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[Mudd] said:
theres no data to loose just want to get back to fat32

Then break out your boot disks, or spend some cash and pick up a copy of Partition Magic 8.0. I believe that allows you to re-convert, but I'm not certain, as I've never tried.
 

Celeron_Phreak

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There is an app or two out there that will convert NTFS to FAT32, but it's either expensive, or you have a major risk of losing data. I believe taht PQ Magic 8 does that, though I can't remember for sure.

But I'd go with reformatting and fdisking the mbr. I switched my HD over to NTFS from FAT32 and I hated it. I just took CD-Rs, backed up everything, and let the format command do what it does best :).