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Format NTFS boot disk

Hi Experts,

I'm a network admin and due to some strange user rights fluke on our workstation I'm having to convert several hard drives from FAT32 to NTFS.

Here's the deal. I'd rather wipe them entirely, format them then image them. The only catch I'm not going to have Windows XP installed nor do I want to use my one Windows Media CD on some 200 workstations.

I figure there's got to be a boot disk or utility or something available for free that will make formatting the disk in NTFS much easier but as of yet I've not found anything that'll work without shelling out some cash.

Any ideas?

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Sebastien47136
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jamietonerCommented:
Use a Bartpe boot disk made from a windows xp or server 2003, heres a link with the free software and instructions on how to make the cd
http://www.nu2.nu/pebuilder/
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gbirkemeierCommented:
911cd is a linux boot disk that has partitioning software.
I use both regularly (and love BartPE), but have found for partitioning the 911CD boots faster.

http://www.911cd.net/911cd/
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ded9Commented:
you can download paragon partition manager

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Gary CaseRetiredCommented:
When you restore an image to a partition, the format will be whatever format the image is in.   So there's no reason to format the drives first -- and if your image is in FAT32 then the restored image will be FAT32.

Is there a reason you can't simply use Convert ??

i.e. CONVERT [driveletter]: /FS:NTFS

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LambertHeenanCommented:
If you alsready have XP installed on the FAT32 drive workstations, then  all you need to do is open a DOS box and run the CONVERT utility. It will switch the partition to NTFS on the fly, preserving all the data on the disk.
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veedarCommented:
For a boot floppy that will do this check out BootIt NG
http://www.terabyteunlimited.com/

The free edition is great for resizing and formating partitions.
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Gary CaseRetiredCommented:
I'm a huge fan of Boot-It NG and agree it's a great partition management tool.  HOWEVER, as I noted in my first post, formatting a blank partition and then restoring an image to it is useless ==> the restored image will have whatever format it had when it was created.

Unless there's some reason you don't want to use it, I'd simply use the Convert utility, as I suggested above.   The syntax is simple (see my first post), and it's not only free but already on your systems !!

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LambertHeenanCommented:
garrycase:
I confess I simmed right over the second part of your posting. As you already said, CONVERT does the trick.
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