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Convert ntfs to fat32 and vice versa – no data loss.

This article introduces how to convert partition from NTFS to FAT32, or FAT to NTFS without losing data. As we know, before using a disk partition, you have to format it as NTFS or FAT32/16/12. When you formatting this drive, Windows write basic info to this partition and then manage files with NTFS or FAT file system. Actually, either FAT or NTFS means a way to read and writhe files from/to a disk partition. However, in our daily use, we cannot find out any differences, we can create, delete and paste files in both NTFS and FAT partitions. How to find out a partition (drive) is NTFS or FAT? Two ways: 1. Open "My Computer", right click a partition and select "Properties". 2. Right click "My Computer" > "Manage" > "Storage" > "Disk Management", you'll find out file system type of all disk drives. Change/modify drive file system In the … Continue reading

How to merge partitions in Windows Server 2008?

Running Windows Server 2008 for a period, you need to change partition size, for example, C drive is running out of space and "Low Disk Space" warning pops up, to fix this issue fast and easily, you may resize partitions or merge drive C and D together. This article introduces how to merge partitions in Windows Server 2008 (R2). Benefits Within several minutes and steps you can merge partition in Windows 2008 Server without doing anything else. Steps 1. Install this app to your server or create and boot from bootable CD/DVD/USB disc. 2. Launch this tool and check your disk partitions, select the partitions and merge. 3. Click "Apply" button on top left corner to proceed. Tips 1. Only 2 continuous partitions can be merged. In the video, if you select drive D to merge, drive C and E are available, but if you select drive E, only D … Continue reading

How to resize raid 5 partitions

Several days ago I wrote an article about how to resize raid1 partition, many people ask me what about RAID 5, how to resize raid 5 virtual partitions, so today I want to talk about reszing raid5 partitions. In fact, it is similar to resize raid 5 and raid 1 virtual drives. Please note, raid 5 here is hardware raid 5. Most important step when resizing raid5 partition The reason why people think it is hard to resize a raid 5 partition is because they don't know whether it is required to break the raid array, resize partitions directly or work with raid controller. When resizing raid 5 partitions, don't break the raid array, open the disk management and find out the disk partition layout. From the screen shot of my test server, there are 2 disks. Actually, Disk 0 is a raid 1 array and Disk 1 is a … Continue reading

How to resize raid 1 partition

It is a headache for many people who want to resize raid partitions, because RAID array is different with a single hard disk drive. Hardware RAID 1 array is create by two physical hard disk drives with full or part of the disk space, so a RAID partition often called as "virtual" drive. The same with single disk drive, raid virtual drives also runs out of space, especially for system C: drive, because RAID 1 "waste" space of a disk, it is used to install Operating System for fast boot recovery. When low disk space problem occurs, it cannot be better to resize the raid1 partitions, because this is the fastest and easiest way, who can bear wasting days to start from scratch? Then how to resize raid 1 partition? To most of the people who want to resize raid1 partitions, there is a "query" and "worry": Should I break … Continue reading

Merge partitions in Windows Server 2003, 2008.

Many people want to merge two partitions when a drive running out of space, especially for Windows Server system C drive. By merging partitions, system C: drive get the free space from another data drive, such as volume D. It is indeed possible to merge partitions in Windows Server 2003, 2008 both 32 and 64 bit, of course without losing data. How to merge partitions in Windows Server 2003? How to merge Server 2008 partitions? However, it is not the best choice to fix server "Low Disk Space" by merging partitions, because: If you merge partition D: to drive C, partition D is lost though all files exist in "new" drive C. All shortcuts of server services and applications to drive D: become invalid. The best solution is extending the system C: drive by shrinking a data drive, so no partition lost, no other operations, no further problems. How to … Continue reading