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Win xp change d drive to ntfs, now it is fat32

C drive is already ntfs

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Is the D: drive removable media? If so, the media you have inserted has to have been formatted with fat32 rather than ntfs. It shouldn't matter... either should be able to be read. Changing from ntfs to fat32 requires a formatting of the drive... so the OS can't simply change it.

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To make it clearer, this means that, if on your system, your hard drive which is having the operating system installed on it, is formatted with FAT32 file system, and you bring an external drive, or even a backup drive which is formatted with NTFS file system, and you plug it to your system, the system will detect it but it wont be able to access the full drive capacity, you will just see it in the device manager page that it is connected.

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