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Old 10-20-2003, 12:01 AM   #1
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Question Copying an entire hardrive

I´m not anywhere near a computer expert, I just use it for my Photoshop work, so I wonder if you folks can enlighten me on this technical hypothesis:

Imagine that I want to change my hardrive´s FAT32 format into the NTFS file format.
I tell someone who tells me that all the information will be lost during the FAT32 ->NTFS transition since the hardrive will have to be formatted.
He then offers to come over the next day with a hardrive (looks just like any regular hardrive) which he then connects to my computer´s USB terminals to store all my artwork while the hardrive reformat is taking place.
The computer won´t recognise the presence of a hardrive connected to its USB terminals, so the exchange is never made.

Now we enter into the realm of hypothesis.

Could this person, in the 2 minutes that these "attach-plug-to-USB-check-computer-dettach-plug-reattach-to-another-USB" proceedings take place, somehow get away with a copy of the 29 Gigs of artwork (and the chunk of my soul that I store there amidst the future projects, CVs and personal stuff)?

I really really need to know.
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Old 10-20-2003, 12:22 AM   #2
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It wouldn't be technically possible for him to copy 29gbs of data through even USB 2.0. He might have been able to get some of it, but not the whole thing.

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Old 10-20-2003, 12:39 AM   #3
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Hey, thanks, Emmortal1, I´m really relieved to learn this.

Not that I was trying to cast a shadow over the guy or anything, but whenever my hardrive´s content comes into play (considering that it really IS a window to my soul), I tend to get overly suspicious.

Thanks .
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Old 10-20-2003, 12:49 AM   #4
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Re: Copying an entire hardrive

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I´m not anywhere near a computer expert, I just use it for my Photoshop work, so I wonder if you folks can enlighten me on this technical hypothesis:

Imagine that I want to change my hardrive´s FAT32 format into the NTFS file format.


Start > Run
"cmd"
"convert c: /fs:ntfs"

Have fun.
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Old 10-20-2003, 01:40 AM   #5
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Thanks for that, imashination, but just so I get this for sure, if I follow those steps in your link there won´t be any file lost in the FAT32->NTFS format change?
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the risk of doing a full conversion w/ data on the drive is VERY LOW. It's relatively safe and I've done it lotsa times with no problem.
 
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Thumbs down

Thanks, Singularity.
Anyway, just to be 120% sure, I´m gonna do some serious backups before I go for it.

Better safe than sorry, eh?
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yah, that's so true, especially if it's some seriously crucial data. Anyhow, I have some pretty crazy hardware that is used by crime labs that copies data via the computer's parallel port when the computer is powered on. It's proprietary stuff my uncle let me play with for a while. It copies stuff bit for bit through the parallel port so the person would never know someone was there and it also retains everything for crime lab investigations in digital crime.... freaky but cool stuff. Takes bloody ages though through parallel.
 
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Damn, that stuff sounds dangerous!
If criminals got a hold onto it.........
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I've converted more drives than I care to count and never lost any data. I always set systems up with Fat32 (FAT in the day of NT) and convert once everything is up and running.
 
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I've maybe half a dozen conversions with no dataloss. Backup the absolute essentials though.
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I've converted more drives than I care to count and never lost any data. I always set systems up with Fat32 (FAT in the day of NT) and convert once everything is up and running.


I've read somewhere, that it's better to make a clean format to NTFS, cos it can put the Index Table in the middle of the disk, where it can access it the fastest way.
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