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convert nas drive from FAT32 to NTFS

  1. #1


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    Windows 8.1

    convert nas drive from FAT32 to NTFS


    Hi,

    Anyone know how to convert an old FAT32 NAS drive to NTFS without losing the data on it?

    convert z: /fs:ntfs gives error message cannot convert network drive

    ta

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  2. #2


    As far as I know you can't. You can do an end run around on the drive. Create a system image of the drive and save it on another drive. Then format drive and convert it from FAT 32 to NTFS, then apply the image to the drive.
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  3. #3


    Posts : 82
    Windows 8.1


    Yea. I guess without backing it up to another drive I could create a ntfs partition and move files across?

    Expanding the ntfs as the fat32 shrinks.
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  4. #4


    The "convert" command requires low level access to the drive and that level of access just isn't available over a network.

    If you do any resizing of partitions you need to have a full backup of the data on the drive. If anything goes wrong you could lose everything. Of course you should have such a backup anyway. Don't wait until it is too late.
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  5. #5


    Posts : 82
    Windows 8.1


    I have copied all data onto my other NAS drive. It's just 200Gb backups of old pc c: drives over the past ten years, not live data.

    I can format it now.
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convert nas drive from FAT32 to NTFS
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