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FAT to NTFS not working in Vista

  1. #1


    Mykal Guest

    FAT to NTFS not working in Vista

    I try to run the conversion program in the command prompt to convert my hard
    drive from FAT to NTFS and it tells me the drive is already an NTFS
    partitioned hard drive. The western digital progrma I have which analyzes my
    hard drive tells me its in FAT 16, and it makes sense since Vista won't let
    me access it at all. I need some advice, The info on the drive is important.
    Somebody please.....


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  2. #2


    Richard Urban Guest

    Re: FAT to NTFS not working in Vista

    What does Drive Management show the drive as?

    --


    Regards,

    Richard Urban MVP
    Microsoft Windows Shell/User


    "Mykal" <Mykal@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    news:FACEA31F-95C2-4D6A-AC68-852D11C7B09E@microsoft.com...
    >I try to run the conversion program in the command prompt to convert my
    >hard
    > drive from FAT to NTFS and it tells me the drive is already an NTFS
    > partitioned hard drive. The western digital progrma I have which analyzes
    > my
    > hard drive tells me its in FAT 16, and it makes sense since Vista won't
    > let
    > me access it at all. I need some advice, The info on the drive is
    > important.
    > Somebody please.....
    >



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  3. #3


    Steve Urbach Guest

    Re: FAT to NTFS not working in Vista

    On Wed, 7 Mar 2007 23:11:10 -0800, Mykal
    <Mykal@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote:

    >I try to run the conversion program in the command prompt to convert my hard
    >drive from FAT to NTFS and it tells me the drive is already an NTFS
    >partitioned hard drive. The western digital progrma I have which analyzes my
    >hard drive tells me its in FAT 16, and it makes sense since Vista won't let
    >me access it at all. I need some advice, The info on the drive is important.
    >Somebody please.....

    FAT16 ?
    Wasn't the partition size limit for FAT16, 512 Megabytes?

    If you were running a 3rd party drive manager to use this /oversized/
    drive on a older O/S, you will need to use that O/S to BOOT and copy
    the data to another machine (you can NOT do a drive to drive copy on
    the same machine). Use a 'Laplink' type cable (uses serial or Parallel
    port)

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  4. #4


    Mykal Guest

    Re: FAT to NTFS not working in Vista

    I was running XP Pro on it. I don't know why it would have been in Fat16, if
    thats even possible, but thats what the WD program reads it as. The disk
    management shows it as being 0 megs, and wont let me access it at all. It
    just labels it volume 0. It is a raid setup, but my CMOS, and the WD read it
    fine, and show it as having the proper, 320 gig storage capacity.

    "Richard Urban" wrote:

    > What does Drive Management show the drive as?
    >
    > --
    >
    >
    > Regards,
    >
    > Richard Urban MVP
    > Microsoft Windows Shell/User
    >
    >
    > "Mykal" <Mykal@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    > news:FACEA31F-95C2-4D6A-AC68-852D11C7B09E@microsoft.com...
    > >I try to run the conversion program in the command prompt to convert my
    > >hard
    > > drive from FAT to NTFS and it tells me the drive is already an NTFS
    > > partitioned hard drive. The western digital progrma I have which analyzes
    > > my
    > > hard drive tells me its in FAT 16, and it makes sense since Vista won't
    > > let
    > > me access it at all. I need some advice, The info on the drive is
    > > important.
    > > Somebody please.....
    > >

    >
    >


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  5. #5


    Mykal Guest

    Re: FAT to NTFS not working in Vista

    I wasn't using any 3rd party software, and it was on XP Pro, thanks.

    "Steve Urbach" wrote:

    > On Wed, 7 Mar 2007 23:11:10 -0800, Mykal
    > <Mykal@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote:
    >
    > >I try to run the conversion program in the command prompt to convert my hard
    > >drive from FAT to NTFS and it tells me the drive is already an NTFS
    > >partitioned hard drive. The western digital progrma I have which analyzes my
    > >hard drive tells me its in FAT 16, and it makes sense since Vista won't let
    > >me access it at all. I need some advice, The info on the drive is important.
    > >Somebody please.....

    > FAT16 ?
    > Wasn't the partition size limit for FAT16, 512 Megabytes?
    >
    > If you were running a 3rd party drive manager to use this /oversized/
    > drive on a older O/S, you will need to use that O/S to BOOT and copy
    > the data to another machine (you can NOT do a drive to drive copy on
    > the same machine). Use a 'Laplink' type cable (uses serial or Parallel
    > port)
    >


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  6. #6


    Steve Urbach Guest

    Re: FAT to NTFS not working in Vista

    On Thu, 8 Mar 2007 12:37:33 -0800, Mykal
    <Mykal@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote:

    >I wasn't using any 3rd party software, and it was on XP Pro, thanks.

    You might be seeing the small "Diagnostic" partition installed by some
    suppliers (Toshiba has this) . There should be more than one partition
    on the drive in this case.
    BTW I have both XPpro and Vista drives in my dual boot system with no
    problems.


    >
    >"Steve Urbach" wrote:
    >
    >> On Wed, 7 Mar 2007 23:11:10 -0800, Mykal
    >> <Mykal@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote:
    >>
    >> >I try to run the conversion program in the command prompt to convert my hard
    >> >drive from FAT to NTFS and it tells me the drive is already an NTFS
    >> >partitioned hard drive. The western digital progrma I have which analyzes my
    >> >hard drive tells me its in FAT 16, and it makes sense since Vista won't let
    >> >me access it at all. I need some advice, The info on the drive is important.
    >> >Somebody please.....

    >> FAT16 ?
    >> Wasn't the partition size limit for FAT16, 512 Megabytes?
    >>
    >> If you were running a 3rd party drive manager to use this /oversized/
    >> drive on a older O/S, you will need to use that O/S to BOOT and copy
    >> the data to another machine (you can NOT do a drive to drive copy on
    >> the same machine). Use a 'Laplink' type cable (uses serial or Parallel
    >> port)
    >>


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  7. #7


    Mykal Guest

    Re: FAT to NTFS not working in Vista

    It was an OEM WD drive that I bought, and I set it up, and it only ever had 1
    partition. I believe my drive just somehow got corrupted, even though it was
    working fine a few days ago, I don't know what happened. Anyway I've been
    looking for a good recovery program. If you know of a good one that's free
    I'd really appreciate it. I tried acheap one and it recovered some files, but
    I deleted it because it wan't very good. Anything would help right now.

    Thanks


    "Steve Urbach" wrote:

    > On Thu, 8 Mar 2007 12:37:33 -0800, Mykal
    > <Mykal@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote:
    >
    > >I wasn't using any 3rd party software, and it was on XP Pro, thanks.

    > You might be seeing the small "Diagnostic" partition installed by some
    > suppliers (Toshiba has this) . There should be more than one partition
    > on the drive in this case.
    > BTW I have both XPpro and Vista drives in my dual boot system with no
    > problems.
    >
    >
    > >
    > >"Steve Urbach" wrote:
    > >
    > >> On Wed, 7 Mar 2007 23:11:10 -0800, Mykal
    > >> <Mykal@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote:
    > >>
    > >> >I try to run the conversion program in the command prompt to convert my hard
    > >> >drive from FAT to NTFS and it tells me the drive is already an NTFS
    > >> >partitioned hard drive. The western digital progrma I have which analyzes my
    > >> >hard drive tells me its in FAT 16, and it makes sense since Vista won't let
    > >> >me access it at all. I need some advice, The info on the drive is important.
    > >> >Somebody please.....
    > >> FAT16 ?
    > >> Wasn't the partition size limit for FAT16, 512 Megabytes?
    > >>
    > >> If you were running a 3rd party drive manager to use this /oversized/
    > >> drive on a older O/S, you will need to use that O/S to BOOT and copy
    > >> the data to another machine (you can NOT do a drive to drive copy on
    > >> the same machine). Use a 'Laplink' type cable (uses serial or Parallel
    > >> port)
    > >>

    >


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  8. #8


    kpo Guest

    Re: FAT to NTFS not working in Vista


    "Steve Urbach" <dragonsclaw@NOTmindspring.com> wrote in message
    news:j8g1v2t8dsvv2blhhpesmne5l6e4lc9u2e@4ax.com...
    > On Thu, 8 Mar 2007 12:37:33 -0800, Mykal
    > <Mykal@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote:
    >
    >>I wasn't using any 3rd party software, and it was on XP Pro, thanks.

    > You might be seeing the small "Diagnostic" partition installed by some
    > suppliers (Toshiba has this) . There should be more than one partition
    > on the drive in this case.
    > BTW I have both XPpro and Vista drives in my dual boot system with no
    > problems.
    >
    >
    >>
    >>"Steve Urbach" wrote:
    >>
    >>> On Wed, 7 Mar 2007 23:11:10 -0800, Mykal
    >>> <Mykal@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote:
    >>>
    >>> >I try to run the conversion program in the command prompt to convert my
    >>> >hard
    >>> >drive from FAT to NTFS and it tells me the drive is already an NTFS
    >>> >partitioned hard drive. The western digital progrma I have which
    >>> >analyzes my
    >>> >hard drive tells me its in FAT 16, and it makes sense since Vista won't
    >>> >let
    >>> >me access it at all. I need some advice, The info on the drive is
    >>> >important.
    >>> >Somebody please.....
    >>> FAT16 ?


    >>> Wasn't the partition size limit for FAT16, 512 Megabytes?


    Windows XP supports the creation of primary partitions and logical drives of
    up to 4 gigabytes (GB) using the FAT16 file system. The maximum cluster size
    is 64K.

    The 4-GB partition limit is imposed by the maximum number of clusters and
    the largest cluster size supported by the FAT file system. In Windows XP,
    FAT16 is limited to 64K clusters. Multiply the maximum number of clusters
    (64k) by the maximum cluster size (64K), and the result is 4GB. In addition
    to Windows XP, Microsoft Windows 2000 and Microsoft Windows NT 4.0 also
    support FAT16 volumes up to 4GB in size.

    FAT16 volumes larger than 2GB are not accessible from computers running
    Microsoft Windows Millennium Edition (Me), Windows 98, Windows 95, or
    MS-DOS. The size limit for FAT16 volumes in these operating systems is 2 GB.
    In other words, to maintain compatibility with Windows Me, Windows 98,
    Windows 95, or MS-DOS, a volume cannot be larger than 2 GB. For additional
    information about FAT16 drive and partition size limits in Windows Me,
    Windows 98, Windows 95, and MS-DOS, click the article numbers below to view
    the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:

    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/310561

    >>>
    >>> If you were running a 3rd party drive manager to use this /oversized/
    >>> drive on a older O/S, you will need to use that O/S to BOOT and copy
    >>> the data to another machine (you can NOT do a drive to drive copy on
    >>> the same machine). Use a 'Laplink' type cable (uses serial or Parallel
    >>> port)
    >>>




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  9. #9


    Steve Urbach Guest

    Re: FAT to NTFS not working in Vista

    On Thu, 8 Mar 2007 23:52:21 -0600, "kpo" <nospam@hotmail.com> wrote:

    >
    >"Steve Urbach" <dragonsclaw@NOTmindspring.com> wrote in message
    >news:j8g1v2t8dsvv2blhhpesmne5l6e4lc9u2e@4ax.com...
    >> On Thu, 8 Mar 2007 12:37:33 -0800, Mykal
    >> <Mykal@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote:
    >>
    >>>I wasn't using any 3rd party software, and it was on XP Pro, thanks.

    >> You might be seeing the small "Diagnostic" partition installed by some
    >> suppliers (Toshiba has this) . There should be more than one partition
    >> on the drive in this case.
    >> BTW I have both XPpro and Vista drives in my dual boot system with no
    >> problems.
    >>
    >>
    >>>
    >>>"Steve Urbach" wrote:
    >>>
    >>>> On Wed, 7 Mar 2007 23:11:10 -0800, Mykal
    >>>> <Mykal@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote:
    >>>>
    >>>> >I try to run the conversion program in the command prompt to convert my
    >>>> >hard
    >>>> >drive from FAT to NTFS and it tells me the drive is already an NTFS
    >>>> >partitioned hard drive. The western digital progrma I have which
    >>>> >analyzes my
    >>>> >hard drive tells me its in FAT 16, and it makes sense since Vista won't
    >>>> >let
    >>>> >me access it at all. I need some advice, The info on the drive is
    >>>> >important.
    >>>> >Somebody please.....
    >>>> FAT16 ?

    >
    >>>> Wasn't the partition size limit for FAT16, 512 Megabytes?

    >
    >Windows XP supports the creation of primary partitions and logical drives of
    >up to 4 gigabytes (GB) using the FAT16 file system. The maximum cluster size
    >is 64K.
    >
    >The 4-GB partition limit is imposed by the maximum number of clusters and
    >the largest cluster size supported by the FAT file system. In Windows XP,
    >FAT16 is limited to 64K clusters. Multiply the maximum number of clusters
    >(64k) by the maximum cluster size (64K), and the result is 4GB. In addition
    >to Windows XP, Microsoft Windows 2000 and Microsoft Windows NT 4.0 also
    >support FAT16 volumes up to 4GB in size.
    >
    >FAT16 volumes larger than 2GB are not accessible from computers running
    >Microsoft Windows Millennium Edition (Me), Windows 98, Windows 95, or
    >MS-DOS. The size limit for FAT16 volumes in these operating systems is 2 GB.
    >In other words, to maintain compatibility with Windows Me, Windows 98,
    >Windows 95, or MS-DOS, a volume cannot be larger than 2 GB. For additional
    >information about FAT16 drive and partition size limits in Windows Me,
    >Windows 98, Windows 95, and MS-DOS, click the article numbers below to view
    >the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
    >
    >http://support.microsoft.com/kb/310561
    >
    >>>>
    >>>> If you were running a 3rd party drive manager to use this /oversized/
    >>>> drive on a older O/S, you will need to use that O/S to BOOT and copy
    >>>> the data to another machine (you can NOT do a drive to drive copy on
    >>>> the same machine). Use a 'Laplink' type cable (uses serial or Parallel
    >>>> port)
    >>>>

    >

    Thanks
    I now remember where the 512MB came from.
    Antique BIOS that did not envision drive sizes that we have on today's
    desktop.
    Who would ever need more than 640K memory :^) ?


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