FAT32->NTFS conversion for 2K/XP laptopsLocked
I know of someone who had bought 2 laptops over the past 5 years (a Compaq Armada E500 running Windows 2000 Pro in 2001 and an Acer Aspire 1680 Centrino running Windows XP Home SP2 this year) and as part of doing IT support for them,
I have noticed the following about these machines.
1. Both machines are supplied with “recovery CDs” housing the OS and applications delivered “out of the box”.
2. The hard disks on these machines are formatted to the FAT32 filesystem rather than the NTFS filesystem that I know that both operating systems are designed to work on.
How do I go about “re-building” a FAT32 hard disk to NTFS once I have backed up all the important data. I would have to work with the recovery CDs to “pull-back” the OS and other OEM-supplied data. I also suspect that the format routine with these CDs is to format the HDD to FAT32 rather than NTFS.