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Okay, I am all about simple fixes to problems. 

And this last week I was trying to unzip some training .vhd's on my external hard drive so that I could start them up and play around. 

I found that the hard drive was sporting a FAT32 filesystem format.  Which is all fine and good for practical purposes, but with some of the .vhd's getting over 4MB's it wouldn't unzip siting a limitation for file sizes on the filesystem

Anyhow, long story short I needed to convert the filesystem format on the harddrive to be NTFS.  After googling for about 30 minutes, I ran across a really good post (I have forgotten the url or I would post it) noting the CONVERT DOS command.  Something like this:

 c:\> CONVERT e: /fs:NTFS

Anyhow, it zipped right through and converted the drive without hosing all of the files that were already on the drive.

I know that this is a very simple post, but sometimes it is the simple fixes that make messing with computers the most fun.

Are there any other good ways of doing this without having to buy some expensive tools?

Converting the world one Byte at a time..


Posted on Monday, October 3, 2005 6:47 AM | Back to top

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