Wednesday, May 17, 2017

converting a FAT32 volume to NTFS and backups

With WCry and other malware in the wild, I wanted to take a full system backup of the Acer laptop. Decided to go with Windows built in backup - Start -> Run -> ntbackup

Around half an hour later, ntbackup complained that the drive it was writing to was FAT32, and does not allow files larger than 2 GB (or 4GB? I forgot). Decided to convert it to NTFS, retaining the data on it.

Ran convert from command prompt. It failed, complaining that there was insufficient memory. Moved over the existing files to another hard disk and then tried convert again. It again complained of insufficient memory. Probably a 2 TB volume is too much for it on a 32 bit system. So, Control Panel -> Administrative Tools -> Computer Management -> Disk Management. Deleted the partition, created it again as NTFS.

While formatting the new volume, I wanted to see what would happen if I do not choose Quick Format. Format took 5 hours for the 2 TB drive!

And after that, the backup of C, D and E drives, creating a 239.4 GB single file, took around 12 hours. 

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