Problem converting hard drive from fat32 to ntfs

Hi, I just bought a new Acomdata 500GB Hibryd Hard drive that came with fat32 file system. I wanted to change it to NTFS with Partition Magic 8.0 but the first time I opened the program it gave me error messages for that drive and I chose to not have them fixed, once the program fully loaded it said that drive was bad but it gave me the option to format it. I decided to close PM 8.0 and restart it to fix the errors and it fixed both errors but after that PM 8.0 will not be able to load unless I unplug that drive. And now it will not give me the option to format that drive not even in windows. Did I kill that drive for formating or is there still hope for it.
cyrax01Asked:
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PUNKYCommented:
I think you have a bad drive. Go Acomdata website and download its utility to test the drive fitness see the result coming out.
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Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
Yes, could be a bad drive... but why are you using partition magic?  Why not just run the CONVERT command -

CONVERT x: /FS:NTFS
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cyrax01Author Commented:
leew, If you mean convert command when you right click on the drive letter it will say unable to format. unless there is a different way to convert it
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Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
What?

No, you open a command prompt and type:

CONVERT x: /FS:NTFS

Where x is the drive letter you want to convert.
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cyrax01Author Commented:
That command did the trick leew, thanks for that tip. Just one more question, Do you know why in partition magic it still shows that drive as bad? It works fine and fast so I am just wondering if it is because it is a hybridrive.
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Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
I've had problems with Partition Magic in the past - I can't say - unless perhaps you have Norton System Works (Norton GoBack) installed - that can change the partition type and cause other partitioning software problems.
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cyrax01Author Commented:
Ok thank you very much for the help leew!! And thanks for your advice also punky.
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cyrax01Author Commented:
Oh, And one more question, does that command work to convert ntfs back to fat32 or any other file system?
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Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
No - conversion to NTFS is ONE WAY - I admit, it's kinda silly to have to specify the file system when there's really only one option... but that's how the command works.

(But frankly, I see no reason to ever use FAT32).
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cyrax01Author Commented:
I agree, Thanks leew
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