Convert NTFS to FAT

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January 19, 2010 at 04:33:41
Specs: Macintosh
Hi just bought MacBook MC207, both my HDD were
formatted on Windows Vista Premium. Is there
anyway I
can convert the HDD's without data loss, using either
Windows PC I have or on the Mac itself?

Many thanks

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January 19, 2010 at 04:38:16
U can convert fat to ntfs But you can'to convert ntfs to fat.
If you want, then you need to format that drive.

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January 19, 2010 at 05:41:23
Some versions of Partition Magic claim the ability to convert NTFS to FAT32. I would not recommend taking the chance. Even if you convert the cluster size may not be standard and therefore not function as expected.

Backup your data as you should be doing anyway and reformat and install.

Are the hard drives you mention External hard drives? If the data on those drives is the ONLY copy you are a gambler. Gambling the drive won't fail or be unavailable to you for any reason before the data becomes obsolete.

Burn important data to DVDR (IMO the best method) or buy additional hard drives. You should always maintain at least two copies of any data you wish to keep.

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January 19, 2010 at 06:02:48
Many thanks for that. Yes I have 2 Ext HDD 1 is 1.5TB and the
other 500gb both were formatted on Vista. The 500 is full and
the 1.5 half full! Any ideas? Putting on to DVD would take too
long maybe?!?!

Many thanks!

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January 19, 2010 at 06:16:15
So you would rather gamble on losing the data?

If the 1.5TB is only half full you could copy the data from the smaller drive to the larger and at least have the smaller one free to format.

If you make DVDR disks as the data is accumulated the task is manageable. Only you know what portion of the data on those drives is irreplaceable.

You do understand that FAT32 has a 4GB file size limitation. If you have that much data I would guess there may be many files on there larger than that.

If you are not inclined to burn files to disk then buy more external drives and format them to FAT32. Then copy the files from one to another. There is no problem in doing that, other than the 4GB file size limitation.

I also suggest that if you really want to protect that data then buy an external enclosure with space and a cooling fan then buy brand name drives to fit into the enclosure.

These cheap plastic enclosures that are barely larger than the hard drive are just a failure waiting to happen. Look at the links below.

If you decide to go this way then read the reviews on any product and be sure to match the interface types so the drives will fit and the enclosure will work on your computer.

eSATA connections are by far the fastest. USB 2.0 the slowest. Also make sure any enclosure you buy has an external power supply.

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January 19, 2010 at 06:47:08
Again many thanks for your excellent response/advice.

I think I shall go with transferring important documents on to
the 500gb drive and format the 1.5TB. You can always
replace movies and, not, of course, pictures documents!

Could I please confirm, that once the 1.5 HDD is cleared I
will be able to format it to use on the MacBook? I would
imagine so, but this is my first Mac so a little bit 'in the
woods' as opposed to Windows!

Again, many thanks


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January 19, 2010 at 07:10:51
Further to my last notice...I installed Tuxera in th ehope of
being able to read/write to the Ext HDD, this unfortunately
has resulted in me now not even being to able view any data
held on the Ext HDD...the following error is displayed:

/Users/Rikstaparr/Desktop/Screen shot 2010-01-19 at

I checked the website and followed some command from the
tracker prompt but I still get the errors.........Sorry to be a
pain, but many thanks.....

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January 19, 2010 at 07:15:47
I have NO experience with any Mac products so I can't say if you can use the Mac to delete the partition and recreate in a format the Mac can use. I would imagine so though.

Concerning the files on the drives. I would guess the movie files are larger than 4GB. Pictures are irreplacable and IMO worht the effort to burn them to disk AND catalog the disks, AND make multiple copies of the disks.

In short, you should make an extra effort to backup any files that you can't replace.

Music files can usually be replaced but at an additional cost.

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January 19, 2010 at 07:18:44
Screen shot 2010-01-19 at 15.14.11

Dont think the last atatchment worked?!?!

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January 19, 2010 at 07:19:38
Ok that's great...many thanks for all your help with this, it's


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January 19, 2010 at 07:21:17
No problem, good luck

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January 19, 2010 at 18:07:08
HUH!?? Tuxera?

Did you really mean eFat or EXFAT or what ever they call it?

Playing to the angels
Les Paul (1915-2009)

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