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I think the answer is, no.

We have a "new to us" PC with XP installed on a hard drive that is formatted as FAT32. We have no recovery disk for this OS. Can we change it to NTFS without reformatting? (Here comes the, no. Happy ) Well then, can I move/copy it to another drive that is formatted NTFS? (Another, no.) Geeeez....that was no help.

So what are the risks of leaving it like it is?

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In reply to: I think the answer is, no.

As always, backup before any big changes and even those PCs that came with XP preinstalled had ways to make restore CDs. As to those pirate XP installs, you deserve all the trouble and no support.

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In reply to: Yup.

I'm not sure if my Sister-in-law bought it or not but she's an honest Christian woman so I'm not going to ask her. It is genuine Microsoft Software. I had it activated and validated right away. People do loss the disks you know. You also know what the say about assuming.

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In reply to: I think the answer is, no.

If you like get the restore/recovery CDs from the vendor if OEM and not a DIY or local store. Do this ASAP as XP won't be supported by OEMs as they phase more into Vista, etc..

As for FAT32->NTFS, this is done on the fly, if I recall right. Further, if this is a stuffed HD, be sure at least 10-20% free space is available. But, do a backup or safeguard important data before proceeding. Google for details for assurance.

tada -----Willy Happy

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The drives are linked

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There are two OSs on this system, a 98 (looks like basic) and an XP Pro.. There are component of the C: drive, XP on the 98, D: drive. They are linked together. I have not examined it for mount points yet but will when I have a week or two. The D: drive can not be reformatted nor can part of it be used for backup purposes because it is only 4 GBs and half full. A third drive could be added as the board has 3 SATA ports; the currently installed drives are IDE. This of course begs the question is the power supply big enough or whether the 1.1 GHz Celeron processor can support the needs of three drives?

Looks like this system will be a challenge to say the least.

One last question. I'm aware that there is an up grade path within OSs, say basic too professional but is there one form OSs to OS, say 98 too XP? The way things are going I'm going to guess, yes.

One last thought.....Grrrr, me buckO's.

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