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To convert, or not to convert?

by mapoubelle / February 2, 2009 3:56 PM PST

Okay, so I've got the Windows 7 Beta Boot Disk.
But I don't want to install it on my Main HDD (XP SP3 + W7B = Custom. Custom is not going to be fun on my primary). Partitioning my Main HDD is going to not work (Windows XP SP3 is on there).
So I decided to use my XHDD. It's a WD Elements Portable 120GB, It's FAT32 and I need it to be NTFS before W7B can go on there. So here it is we come to my problem.

There are two Hidden files, clocking in at an aggregate of 274MB. Should I continue to convert, those files will be lost for good?

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Re: hidden files
by Kees Bakker / February 2, 2009 3:59 PM PST

I don't expect they will be lost. I expect they will stay. NTFS also supports hidden file.
But if you've got any doubts, why not copy them to another drive first? Then you can copy them back if needed.


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Re: re Hidden Files
by mapoubelle / February 2, 2009 4:02 PM PST
In reply to: Re: hidden files

I'm not worried about them not being hidden, I'd like that.
I don't know what they are, for all I know they could be driver firmware...
I can't copy them over, they are hidden.


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Can't you unhide them?
by Kees Bakker / February 2, 2009 4:13 PM PST
In reply to: Re: re Hidden Files

Uncheck the 'hidden' checkbox in their properties.


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by mapoubelle / February 2, 2009 4:24 PM PST
In reply to: Can't you unhide them?

I can't find Folder Options, and as a drive it doesn't show up in the Properties screen.

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You were talking about hidden files.
by Kees Bakker / February 2, 2009 4:26 PM PST
In reply to: NO

Now you're talking about hidden 'drives' (hidden partitions). As the conversion from FAT32 to NTFS is done per partition, having a hidden partition in FAT32 and a 'normal' partition in NTFS shouldn't be a problem.


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Is it something I said?
by mapoubelle / February 2, 2009 4:39 PM PST

No, it's not hidden.
The Drive is Fine. It is a stock, near completely empty Western Digital XHDD.
There are two files which I cannot see. I don't think I put them on there. That fact leads me to believe that they are Drive Defaults, so deleting them could be bad. Veery Bad. As the HDD was a present I don't want to delete a critical file.

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Not clear.
by Kees Bakker / February 2, 2009 4:42 PM PST

If you can't see them, how do you know they are there?


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Here's how
by mapoubelle / February 2, 2009 4:50 PM PST
In reply to: Not clear.
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I see.
by Kees Bakker / February 2, 2009 4:56 PM PST
In reply to: Here's how

Folder options usually are under Tools in Windows Explorer or My Computer, or in Control Panel. And they can be set to show hidden files (in those 2 programs).

But I still think they will survive the conversion to NTFS.

One other question: are you sure the setup of Windows 7 will allow installation to a removable hard disk? It is a rather uncommon way of doing it.
On the other side, it won't harm to have the external disk in NTFS. In fact, it's considered even better if you only use it with systems supporting NTFS (no Windows 98, no Mac).


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k, thanks
by mapoubelle / February 2, 2009 5:00 PM PST
In reply to: I see.

Okay I'll try it now. If it doesn't work I'll contact WD, hopefully they can help.
It should work, the only reason it didn't before was due to the XHDD being a FAT32 Drive...
I really, really hope it works.

Oh, and I apologize if I sounded rude earlier.

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Okay, so that didn't work.
by mapoubelle / February 2, 2009 5:23 PM PST
In reply to: k, thanks

Well, it didn't work. W7B doesn't support use of USB mounted HDDs.

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I was afraid so already.
by Kees Bakker / February 2, 2009 5:31 PM PST

That's why I mentioned it.


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Anyone know how to create a Partition
by mapoubelle / February 2, 2009 5:47 PM PST

Here's the kicker. I'm trying to create a Partitioned Drive... where the Windows install is on the base.

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Use a program like Partition Magic.
by Kees Bakker / February 2, 2009 5:58 PM PST

That's the standard, more or less. You'll be able to find many shareware equivalents on the usual download sites (like our own or tucows).


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I know but...
by mapoubelle / February 2, 2009 7:46 PM PST

Swiss Knife doesn't want to touch it.
Are there any Shareware's/Freeware's that will do as required?


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(NT) Swiss Knife?
by Kees Bakker / February 2, 2009 7:48 PM PST
In reply to: I know but...
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