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As I try to convert my IOMEGA hard drive from FAT32 to NTFS, using Windows XP's CONVERT command, it discovers a drty bit on the drive. However, when I test it with CHKDSK, Windows finds no problems at all. How should I proceed? Thanks. Julian

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  • greenvb Apr 20, 2009

    Hi Charlie,



    I am happy to report that after renaming my external drive to Z:, I succeeded in using Convert to format it in NTFS. I also had no trouble in copying files from my C: drive to it afterwards.



    I did find an old copy of Norton Ghost in the house and attempt to put it to work in re-formatting my external drive. But I gave it up when I found it time-consuming to learn to use. Thanks again for your thoughtfulness.



    Julian

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Does anyone you know have a copy of any sort of disk management tool such as acronis disk director or norton ghost?

If yes, you can copy all the info that you still want to keep with the disk management software, and then do a total wipe and format.

MS convert will not do a complete job under normal circumstances (at least in my experience), so you are better off using a third party software suite.

Posted on Apr 17, 2009

  • charles raynor Apr 20, 2009

    Thank you for letting me know.

    If you need any further assistance, please let me know.

    Also could you be so kind as to rate the assistance given?


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