Reformatting partition FAT32 to NTFS
I just installed a new main HD - a 500GB WD Caviar Black. The old Cavair Blue was showing weak sectors.
I have 2 partitions, C is 50GB NTFS and Data is 100 GB FAT32. The rest is currently unallocated.
I had the folks that built the machine clone the old HD.
I think I created the old DATA partition a long time ago and can't remember how or why it ended up FAT32.
It may have had something to do with using Acronis Disk Director.
I'm still running XP.
I think it would be helpful if DATA was NTFS, wouldn't it? Faster access times, flexible re-sizing, etc?
I so, how would you reformat the partition without destroying the data?
I have moved pretty much all my Windows "My" files there along with my Outlook PST files, etc.
If I create a new partition NTFS on the unallocated space, then move DATA there, then delete the logical DATA partition, then expand the new NTFS partition into the new unallocated spce would that work?
Is there a tool that would reformat DATA from FAT32 to NTFS and preserve the data?
I'm trying to set up the HD for W7. Would it be better just to wait and upgrade C, with all the standard Windows files there?
I'm still going to need My Documents and My Pictures, etc. in the libraries and they will take a lot of space.
Seems like I'll still be faced with moving them somewhere to reformat the darn DATA partition anyway... right?
Can you tell I'm confused here?
Seems like there should be a simple answer.