Converting from NTFS to FAT32

March 27, 2011 at 03:58:49
Specs: Macintosh
I converted a 250gb WD hard drive to NTFs from FAT32 in my haste not realising that this would stop me using it on my mac xbox etc. I have tried finding ways of converting it back. I have a mac which I also run Windows XP on. I'm not worried about data loss from the hard drive. I have been in disk utility on mac and it will not let me select any of the options when I select the hard drive, so I am currently stuck there.

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March 27, 2011 at 04:17:24

Go here and download the utility software for your model #.

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March 27, 2011 at 04:21:50
conversion from FAT to NTFS is a one-way street.

The only way to get back to FAT is to delete the partition completely, create a new partition then format in FAT.

You lose all data on the drive.

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March 27, 2011 at 05:24:51
Paragon Hard Disk Manager will convert NTFS drives to FAT32. I'm sure that other utilities can also do this, but I don't know if any free ones do.

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March 27, 2011 at 06:17:04
Nothing in the published description of the Paragon software says it will convert from NTFS to FAT32.

Basic Partitioning
Create, format, delete, undelete, hide or unhide partition; set partition active/inactive; set, change or remove drive letter; change hard disk partition label (Volume Label); convert file systems; check file system integrity; run complete surface test.

It claims to have the capacity to convert file systems but does not specify what kind of conversions it can do. I suspect it has the capacity to do the FAT>NTFS conversion similar to many other tools but I stand by my previous assertion that you cannot convert the other way. Only delete & create a new partition then format to FAT.

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March 27, 2011 at 07:41:34
From the Help:

"The program enables to convert the following file system types:

- FAT16 > NTFS, FAT32

- FAT32 > NTFS, FAT16

- NTFS > FAT16, FAT32

- Ext2 > Ext3"

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March 27, 2011 at 14:34:30
Convert without data loss?

Dunno why you can't format it with the mac. It should initialize it for you in any supported format.

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March 27, 2011 at 14:49:22
Indeed, convert without data loss. I just tried Paragon Hard Disk Manager on an external drive. Converted an NTFS partition to FAT32 and back without any problem. The only (rather obvious) limitation is that you cannot have any file larger than 4GB on the partition to be converted.

I agree completely that if the partition is empty then it is as easy to just delete the partition and create it anew (particularly if you don't own one of the programs that can convert). But I don't like to see erroneous information on forums so I wanted to explain the facts. After all, there may be people who wish to convert partitions containing data.

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