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Convert Windows 2008 OS Partition from FAT32 to NTFS

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I need convert one phisical server to virtual machine (vmware). Vmware converter failure on convert, because phisical server have one OS partition with FAT32

This server is on production, have windows 2008 R2

My question:

Its possible (and secure) migrate this OS partition (created by windows, isn't C: or D:) to NTFS to me can migrate server using P2V vmware?

attach image of disk management

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andyalder

8/22/2022 - Mon
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image of partition of serverfile attach.
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I can set a letter of this drive (Windows permitt). But my question if this is secure action, I never see this partition OS, and if kill this partition probably I kill a windows installation.

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that looks like a Windows Diagnostic partition, and it's not required.

Exclude from the Conversion.

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Hi Hanccocka,

If I exclude this partition, convert failure again, on 97%, virtual machine is created, but not boot, operation system not found. If I put windows 2008 instalation dvd on MV, repair tool not found windows installation to repair.. you already see this problem?

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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert PRO / EE Fellow/British Beekeeper)

at 97% Converter is performing Customization/Reconfig.

have you specified any other customization options?

have you checked the converted disks for data, e.g. BartPE CDROM or GParted Live CDROM?
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Isn't that the "system reserved" partition that's there for bitlocker in case you want to encrypt the drive? It would normally be 100MB.
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hanccocka: C: and D: its fine after convert,but windows dont start, not found OS. Is stranger, because if I select only c: and d: have same error on 97%

andyalder: Bitlock isnt active on this server.


I already contact support of vmware, talk to me convert fat32 partition to ntfs, but I'm very "fear" make this and crash windows installation.
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andyalder

>Bitlock isnt active on this server.

The partition is still there for it in case you should want to use it in the future.