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I got a HD from Worst Buy, and I backed up all my data to it. I reinstalled Windows in NTFS format. And now I hooked up my HD and it won't let me transfer my data. It asks me if I want to format it.

I thought FAT32 wad obsolete? Why in good god would they make a HD with FAT32?

Am I screwed out of my data now?

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post #2 of 19
Well, FAT32 is still in use and is pretty reliable file system. You not be screwed out of your data just yet. Try running an NTFS conversion on the partition (if it'll let you).
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post #3 of 19
You should be able to access the disk by converting it to....
Wait did you format over your backup or create a partition on the same disk?
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post #4 of 19
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Quote:
Originally Posted by The_Jester
Well, FAT32 is still in use and is pretty reliable file system. You not be screwed out of your data just yet. Try running an NTFS conversion on the partition (if it'll let you).
But if I convert it to NTFS, won't I lose all my data on the HD?
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post #5 of 19
No. It keeps the stuff.
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post #6 of 19
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Quote:
Originally Posted by The_Jester
No. It keeps the stuff.
Are you pulling my pancreas? My bro told me it erased everything. GRRR!! I don't want to lose all my stuff.
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post #7 of 19
Seriously, it CONVERTS it not FORMATS it It keeps your stuff...unless its already gone.

Here's how to do it:
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/307881
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post #8 of 19
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I tried... it says "formatting will erase all data on the disc."
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post #9 of 19
did you follow the guide?

If you do it the way M$ says, you DONT loose your stuff. *sigh*

Do you have Partition Magic?
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post #10 of 19
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Quote:
Originally Posted by The_Jester
did you follow the guide?

If you do it the way M$ says, you DONT loose your stuff. *sigh*

Do you have Partition Magic?
just kill me now... I am in command prompt, trying to follow directions and I type this in.

I:/fs:ntfs

and it says

'I' is not recognized as an internal or external command,
operable program or batch file.
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