xp on fat to ntfs

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  1. cryzeon

    cryzeon Member

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    can someone help me? what will happen if the partition containing my windows XP is changed from FAT32 to NTFS,? will it damage my system? or will i still be able to boot it normally?

    btw my reason for changing my partition's type is i want to install windows 7 on it .
    but windwos 7 can only be installed on an NTFS .
     
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    patcooke Microsoft MVP
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    And please pay particular attention to this advice on the MS page:

    Do make sure you identify and save to an external drive any important user data.

    I would also ensure that you have some disks to recover/reinstall the operating system before running the conversion or you may end up with and unbootable machine.
     
  4. Yazan Al Habal

    Yazan Al Habal New Member

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    There are 7 easy steps for programmers to change your FAT to NTFS by going to the lab (It's Fantasy)

    1. First, Go to MS-DOS
    2. Type CONVERT C:\
    3. Wait for few seconds
    4. Restart the computer if the operation is finished.
    5. Be sure that the 2 parts of converting is on screen
    6. Wait for few minutes, You can watch TV.
    7. Once back to the computer, You should have the drive is magic.
     

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    Since you are converting a disk with an OS partition, I would recommend to make an image of C (and all other partitions if any) before you do the conversion. Then you can always backpaddle when things go wrong.

    http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/73828-imaging-free-macrium.html?ltr=I

    That program (free Macrium) works with XP too.

    Another option you have is to install Windows 7 under VMware Player as a virtual system. That works really well too and you need not worry about drivers or any formats.





    Part 3 of this series (operating a virtual system) is not yet done, but you can have a look at this one to get an idea.

     

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