Cloning NTFS & FAT32


G

Guest

For the Windows XP Pro computer, Drive C will be NTFS. Drive D will be FAT32.

Cloning will overwrite anything on a drive. I know I can clone an NTFS drive
to/from an NTFS drive and a FAT32 drive to/from a FAT32 drive.

Can I clone an NTFS drive to/from a FAT32 drive or must the FAT32 backup
drive first be formatted at NTFS? Backup hard drives are FAT32. If any of the
backup hard drives need to be NTFS, please tell me.

YES/NO - Back up Drive C (NTFS) on NTFS PC to a FAT32 backup drive.
YES/NO - Restore Drive C (NTFS) on NTFS PC from a FAT32 backup drive.
YES/NO - Back up Drive D (FAT32) on NTFS PC to a FAT32 backup drive.
YES/NO - Restore Drive D (FAT32) on NTFS PC from a FAT32 backup drive.
YES/NO - Restoring a corrupt XP installation from a cloned XP backup drive
will prompt XP to reactivate? Assume that none of the hardware has changed.
 
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J

josepe

Be carefull with disk managing. To try some cloning use Partition Magic
trial edition. As read the disk manuals, can be possible some mixture
partition, but you should try without important data-.
 
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K

Ken Wickes [MSFT]

If your clone tool overwrites everything on the drive then the destination
file system wouldn't matter, you'll get whatever was on the source drive.
If you are going to clone NTFS drives, make sure your clone tool is NTFS
aware since NTFS contains unique device ids.
 

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