NTFS back to FAT32

May 20, 2009 at 02:38:56
Specs: Windows XP
I have an IBM laptop T30 256RAM running OS-XP having 60GB Hdd partitioned 20 and 40GB i want to format C:20GB back to OS-98, my Q. is can i convert my other partition D:40GB back to FAT32 since 98 can't read NTFS. reason for 98 is because my laptop is slow and can't b ugraded to 512RAM other slot not working and can't find a single 512RAM.

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May 20, 2009 at 03:48:59
Look at the link below for help with the RAM in your laptop. Crucial.com has an online scanner in addition to the link below.

It is possible to convert from NTFS to FAT32 but the procedure is risky. That means you should backup your computer hard drive. You should be backing up already. Partition Magic, or Ghost may be able to perform the operation.

That said I would advise against it. You have a small hard drive as it is. FAT32 will cause your files to use more space than NTFS.

You could image the drive to other media and restore after formatting the partitions. Still risky. Better to just reinstall the OSes.

According to crucial.com your laptop can hold up to 1024MB of RAM. The link below shows 256MB & 512MB modules available.


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May 20, 2009 at 03:58:50
Below is another link you may find useful.


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May 20, 2009 at 04:01:49
Most people here will try to talk out of going back.
Here is some ideas to work with what RAM you have ---

To have more RAM available at startup,
You can do Start, then RUN, then type
Then uncheck items in the Startup tab.

To find out what each Startup(or Process) item
does or means, and any recommendation as to if you should close the process:
Task List Programs
The Process Library
Computer Speed and Performance May Decrease

When you open, then close programs,
programs may not free up RAM memory.
That is called "Memory Leak".
Restarting computer will clear out its RAM memory.

Then Malware can slow you down.
Most Virus and Spyware scans are likely to work better in Windows Safe-Mode.
Try looking here for a larger RAM board. Some places only do send by mail. http://www.pricewatch.com/
How to Use the Fdisk Tool and the Format Tool to Partition or Repartition a Hard Disk
Simplified version of the above Fdisk article:
How to Format:
Use a 95 or 98 start up disk
Boot to A: Fdisk
Delete Partition or logical drive
Delete primary DOS partition if fat16 or fat32
Delete Non DOS if NTFS
Create DOS partition
Create primary DOS partition
Do you wish to use max size?_______Y
Reboot to A: format C:
You have FAT32

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May 20, 2009 at 05:00:46
Your laptop supports up to 1GB (2 x 512MB) of PC2100/PC2700 200-pin SODIMM. I don't know why you'd have a problem finding it.




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May 20, 2009 at 06:37:39
That was a positive response thank you, and im currently busy with back-uping my data.

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May 20, 2009 at 07:45:06
Partition magic is one such program that can convert ntfs back to fat32 wihtout formatting or repartitioning. Or as stated above you can fdisk and then repartition then format as fat32.

If formatting as fat32 but want larger than 32gig you need to do it from a 98 boot disk or you run into the MS limit of 32gig with W2K/XP

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