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convert from FAT32 to NTFS. which software/most safest?

Hi there;

I need to convert my portable USB disk from FAT32 to NTFS  without formatting the disk but direct convert, so, which software/most safest?

Kind regards.
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SuperTacoCommented:
You can just use the standard windows utility, convert.exe

start->run-> cmd

type: convert drive_letter: /fs:ntfs
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jazzIIIloveAuthor Commented:
Hi there;

I am not intending a format though, there are files in the disk and I want to preserve those during and after the conversion as intact.

Regards.
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jazzIIIloveAuthor Commented:
I need to have a direct and safe convesion while the files are on the disk.

Regards.
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Run5kCommented:
JazzIIIlove, that command doesn't actually format the drive, it merely converts it to NTFS...

Windows 7 - Convert FAT32 Volume to NTFS

While it's always a good idea to backup your important data, that procedure won't delete any of your files or folders.
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Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
Agreed - CONVERT is the command you're looking for.

You should also have backups already - your hard drive WILL fail.  NO QUESTION, it WILL fail.  Hopefully not for years, but sooner or later, all devices with moving parts WILL FAIL.  And just because the CONVERT command is fully supported and no one I know of has ever had a problem with it losing data, YOU COULD ALWAYS BE THE FIRST.  And that applies to EVERYTHING you might be able to use (though frankly, I know of nothing else because, largely, there's no point).
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nobusCommented:
i agree totally with the above, but want to add 1 more detail : the software may work without problems - ON A GOOD DRIVE - but what will happen if it has somewhere a flaw, or some bad sectors?  
RESULT then = unpredictable
so - to join t he above advice - first backup, then convert; and keep in mind : better safe than sorry..
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RootsManCommented:
I also agree with the above suggestions that should should back up that drive before attempting to convert from FAT-32 to NTFS.

I've also used the built-in convert command without any problems, but anything can happen during the process. e.g. Power failure, drive failure, changes in the magnetic field ;)

Remember Murphys' Law. Anything that can go wrong, will go wrong.
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jazzIIIloveAuthor Commented:
ok, you all win, I will have the backups.

Apart from the command, any 3rd party software?

Kind regards.
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nobusCommented:
why use a software if the command works?  i see NO reason, plse explain
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jazzIIIloveAuthor Commented:
There is no particular reason, ok I will use the command nobus :D
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nobusCommented:
ah ok - i just wonder why people prefer installing a software to things you can do from a command
you don't even have to type it, - you can copy it in the run box
or make a bat file of it
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jazzIIIloveAuthor Commented:
I mean you know, when u pay for the software, you have the feeling, yep, "I pay so it must be good".

Regards.
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jazzIIIloveAuthor Commented:
There was the Partition Magic, is it still magical?

Regards-
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Run5kCommented:
JazzIIIlove, in my experience (and it sounds like Nobus feels the same way), if the utility already fits your needs it is almost always better to use a first-party Microsoft tool rather than something you would actually purchase/download.  For one thing, a lean Windows system will inevitably be faster and more stable.  Adding redundant additional software can bog down your system a bit, and it also creates another potential attack vector for malicious software.

As an example, some people advocate installing Firefox and Chrome as additional web browsers on Windows 7 machines.  While there is nothing inherently wrong with that, you will find that your system now two additional applications with capabilities that are primarily redundant, and you also have two more programs that need security patches (with Firefox requiring manual intervention).  Just some food for thought.
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nobusCommented:
>>  Partition Magic  <<   that was long ago ..it has lost most of the magic...and partition evolved to pain
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RootsManCommented:
Parted Magic has replaced Partition Magic for me.  It's a live LINUX boot disc that's specifically tailored for the task of managing drives and partitions.

The Parted Magic OS employs core programs of GParted and Parted to handle partitioning tasks with ease, while featuring other useful software (e.g. Partimage, TestDisk, Truecrypt, Clonezilla, G4L, SuperGrubDisk, ddrescue, etc…) and an excellent set of info to benefit the user. An extensive collection of file system tools are also included, as Parted Magic supports the following: btrfs, ext2, ext3, ext4, fat16, fat32, hfs, hfs+, jfs, linux-swap, ntfs, reiserfs, reiser4, and xfs.
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jazzIIIloveAuthor Commented:
RootsMan:
So, does it suffice this question needs?

Regards.
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RootsManCommented:
If all you want to do right now is covert to NTFS, then the built-in convert.exe is all you need without the need to format the drive, as SuperTaco suggested.

For any other partitioning needs, Parted Magic works well.

Just remember to backup first. Just in case.
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jazzIIIloveAuthor Commented:
I will backup but are we all sure that the files in the disk ought to be intact after conversion. Right?

Kind regards.
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Run5kCommented:
Yes, as we have all said, using Microsoft's own Convert utility should leave your files and folders intact.
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