convert from NTFS to FAT32

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September 1, 2009 at 08:47:53
Specs: Windows XP
I have an external HD 320 GB Western Digtal which recently converted from FAT32 to NTFS, using my Win XP laptop.

I realised that my DVD player (with USB port) does not read NTFS disks, and am desperately trying to convert the disk back to FAT32.

I dont have any other storage disk to back-up the entire 320GB from my HD, and would need to convert without losing the data in it.

Kindly help with a solution, and if any software can help. PM 8.0 doesnt allow this operation (shows disabled) while trying such a conversion


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#1
September 1, 2009 at 10:26:30
You have 320gb of data that you don't want to lose, and you don't have it backed up?

I think you need another drive.


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#2
September 1, 2009 at 10:41:31
You can try Partition Magic but there is no guarantee that the operation will succeed. I think aegis1 gave you the best advice - get another drive.

By the way the reason why M$ does not provide the tools to do this is because going from NTFS to FAT32 is considered to be backward.

i_Xp/VistaUser


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#3
September 1, 2009 at 10:49:26
"I realised that my DVD player (with USB port) does not read NTFS disks".

I am not sure I understand that statement. What does a DVD player have to do with files on a hard drive?


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#4
September 1, 2009 at 12:19:11
I 'ass u me d' that he had a standalone DVD (or media) player that was capable of playing videos on a drive attached to a USB port.

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#5
September 1, 2009 at 13:01:08
You can't convert directly. You have to move data and re-format.

Playing to the angels
Les Paul (1915-2009)


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#6
September 1, 2009 at 13:04:47
I am not sure I understand that statement. What does a DVD player have to do with files on a hard drive?

Thats what I was going to say. Whatever the problem is it has nothing to do with the hard disk being NTFS.

The only thing that needs to read NTFS disks is the operating system. Drives do not directly access each other without going via the operating system, thats what it is there for.

Stuart


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#7
September 1, 2009 at 18:29:23
"DVD player (with USB port) does not read NTFS"

Could this be some home type of player with a usb also input??

Playing to the angels
Les Paul (1915-2009)


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#8
September 1, 2009 at 22:31:21
Yes there are home dvd plyers that have usb input, I don't know about stand alone players but I have LG DVD/VCR recorder that has a usb port.
The usb drive has to be FAT32 they won't read NTFS.
If it's anything like mine it's not likely to read the 320gb drive anyway, while it reads a 4gb usb stick ok, when I connected a 40gb FAT32 drive via usb it failed to read it.
Basicly they are meant for playing mp3's and photos they will play video but you can't get many on a usb stick, so not worth the effort.

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#9
September 2, 2009 at 03:07:44
The usb drive has to be FAT32 they won't read NTFS.

What wont read NTFS.

The only USB drive that may have to be NTFS are thosse with a conventional hard disk inside.

DVD drives know nothing of hard disk file systems and use a file system of there own.

Stuart


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#10
September 2, 2009 at 04:22:54
I just realized what the OP may have. Could be a car player or as mentioned a stand alone DVD player. Either one could have a USB port as well as an ipod port. Either way there would be no computer in the loop.

In either case the USB port may not have enough power to run a 2.5" USB hard drive, even if it is formatted using FAT32.

Would have been nice and the polite thing to do, if the OP had come back here and responded with some clarification.


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