FAT32 to NTFS error

Sven February 3, 2009 at 17:06:43
Specs: Windows XP
An error occurs when I try to convert my C drive from FAT32 to NTFS. It happens when I need to restart the computer to perform the conversion. After the restart it scans the drive, but as soon as it says converting drive C to NTFS, the screen will go black, I get the 'welcome' splash screen and it'll go to my desktop as if nothing happened. I've checked the drive and it's still FAT32.

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#1
February 3, 2009 at 17:15:32
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/307881

That's the MS knowledge base on it. Maybe you are already following it. Although it says there would be minimal data loss, I wouldn't take a chance unless I were doing a clean install.


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#2
February 3, 2009 at 17:19:29
Try running scandisk from a Win9X or WinME floppy.

FWIW to XP users: When you click on the 'Command Prompt' you are just causing the 'Command prompt' to be displayed. This prompt gives you access to NTVDM.EXE, the 'NT Virtual DOS Manager'.


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#3
February 3, 2009 at 18:56:50
Why do you want to convert?

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#4
February 3, 2009 at 21:59:47
The only reason that I can think of to switch to NTFS is the capability of handling files larger than 4gb.

FWIW to XP users: When you click on the 'Command Prompt' you are just causing the 'Command prompt' to be displayed. This prompt gives you access to NTVDM.EXE, the 'NT Virtual DOS Manager'.


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#5
February 4, 2009 at 00:46:46
Why in the world would you want to convert it? Are you in need of files larger than 4.7gb's? If not, than leave it FAT32.

PowerMac 9600(1 ghz G4)
512mb RAM
50gb SCSI
ATi 9200 PCI


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#6
February 4, 2009 at 12:58:19
If the 4GB limit is the reason, couldn't he just create a separate NTFS partition?

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