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From NTFS to FAT32


What the title says, how do I do it?

I have on occation used my Western Digital Passport HD in my car. I simply plug it into the Pioneers USB port and every bit of music is available to me. I can navigate through folders, select songs with no problem.

I posted this on another site a while back and one of the members PMed me and said it doesnt work.

Both of our HD's are Western Digital Passports. Mine is an 80Gb, his is a 120Gb. But the real difference and the problem is mine is FAT32 file system (it works) and his is a NTFS file system (it doesnt work). Also both car radios are the same

How can his be formatted to FAT32?

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You can't do it without losing everything on the drive So copy any important files to the pc hard drive.

Start->Run->and type: diskmgmt.msc
Right click on the drive and delete partitions
Right click again and create partition(s)

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Save any data on the drive. Remove NTFS using Delpart.exe

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Copy it to your floppy & execute it from there.

Then reboot & use FDISK to create Windows partitions.

More info here about Deleting partitions.
I use this WinME bootdisk (Self Extracting) to format drives FAT32 that are larger then 64GB.

http://fdisk.radified.com/fdisk_partition.htm

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Originally Posted by Steve R Jones View Post
You can't do it without losing everything on the drive So copy any important files to the pc hard drive.

Start->Run->and type: diskmgmt.msc
Right click on the drive and delete partitions
Right click again and create partition(s)
Can this method handle the entire drive or just 32Mb?

I am asking because I have never reformatted a drive this way before but if I remember right XP can only change a small amount this way.

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Save any data on the drive. Remove NTFS using Delpart.exe



I use this WinME bootdisk (Self Extracting) to format drives FAT32 that are larger then 64GB.

http://fdisk.radified.com/fdisk_partition.htm
I'm gonna look into this in a little while.

I do thank both of you for your fast responses, it is greatly appreciated. I realize now what is going on, the USB input for the Pioneer radio was intended for Jump ( thumb) Drives. And as far as I can tell they are all FAT32. I am not sure why my Passport HD used an FAT32 file system and his was NTFS?

I hope we can make this work


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PowerQuest's PartitionMagic has the ability to convert NTFS partitions to FAT or Fat32 without losing the data. Here's an excerpt from version 8.0 help.

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Converting a partition from NTFS to FAT or FAT32 will cause you to lose all security settings on all files and directories that you may have created on that partition. This is because FAT and FAT32 do not support security attributes inherent with the NTFS file system.

Windows 2000/XP NTFS partitions that have sparse files, reparse points, or encrypted files should not be converted to FAT or FAT32 with this version of PartitionMagic.

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I just found something interesting at Westen Digitals web site.

I went to
http://support.wdc.com/download/inde...pid=35&swid=34

and then went to
WD Passport Portable USB 2.0 Drive and in the download portion was a formatting utility.

I downloaded the .zip file and opened the notepad file It states that

Western Digital FAT32 formatter - EXTFAT32.EXE

FAT32 formatter is a Windows program that runs under 2000 or XP. The utility was designed mainly to restore origial factory FAT32 partiton for WD external drives.

Feature List:
- List out WD external drives
- Restore original factory FAT32 partitiom
- Restore WD disk icon files
- Allow the user to specify a custome volume label

Installation:
Run ExtFat32xx.msi to install the program.

To Run:
-Click the "WD FAT32 Formatter" icon on the desktop to start the program
-Press ALT+W to display IDE, SCSI and SATA


The bold portion makes me wonder if the drive was originally sopposed to be FAT32 instead of NTFS.

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