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Does converting external hard drive to NTFS affect the original computer

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  • External Hard Drive
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  • Windows XP
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April 6, 2012 3:44:53 AM

Completely by accident I am converting a Toshiba 500gb external harddrive to NTFS. So far it has taken hours, and I am not sure that it is even progressing. I have no wayof telling what percentage is complete.
It is also giving me different looking shortcutson my desktop.
As I said, this conversion was accidental, and I do noteven know if it was needed. Since it was accidental, I did not back up anyof my files on my original computer or the external hard drive. Plus, the external hard drive which is supposedly being converted, is full. And the original computer is close to being full.
I am looking for more space by moving photos and music to dvds or flashdrives. I need room to install files to do my taxes.
As you can tell, my computer knowledge is minimal, so I couldreally use your help. Would be nice to get this fixed before my wife gets home. Though maybe she could bring her IT guy from work.

Thannks, and HELP!!!!

Dave

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April 6, 2012 5:54:32 AM

The conversion should take 15-20 minutes, no data should be lost if the conversion is done correctly.. minimal loss if otherwise, and if necessary, data is recoverable under NTFS. The conversion of any other drive should not affect the system drive... the different looking shortcuts may be caused by high cpu/memory ussage and should be only temporary.

If the conversion is still in progress, I'd suggest you cancel it applying the registry edition in these instructions


How to correctly convert a FAT16 volume or a FAT32 volume to an NTFS file system in Windows XP
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/307881/en

How To Cancel NTFS Conversion After Running CONVERT.EXE
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/130913/en

In case you should neet to recover data:
Data recoverability. NTFS limits the possibility of data corruption by organizing I/O operations by transactions
http://www.softpanorama.org/Internals/Filesystems/ntfs....

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April 7, 2012 11:07:30 PM

Chicano said:
The conversion should take 15-20 minutes, no data should be lost if the conversion is done correctly.. minimal loss if otherwise, and if necessary, data is recoverable under NTFS. The conversion of any other drive should not affect the system drive... the different looking shortcuts may be caused by high cpu/memory ussage and should be only temporary.

If the conversion is still in progress, I'd suggest you cancel it applying the registry edition in these instructions


How to correctly convert a FAT16 volume or a FAT32 volume to an NTFS file system in Windows XP
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/307881/en

How To Cancel NTFS Conversion After Running CONVERT.EXE
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/130913/en

In case you should neet to recover data:
Data recoverability. NTFS limits the possibility of data corruption by organizing I/O operations by transactions
http://www.softpanorama.org/Internals/Filesystems/ntfs....

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