Partition Converting Question

Rick Chen rick.chen at
Wed Mar 9 10:49:15 UTC 2005

On Wed, 2005-03-09 at 05:28 -0500, M.Rudra wrote:
> > > Ahmed Abdel-Aliem wrote:
> > > my question is if i converted them using any program like partition
> > > magic or any other, will this affect or make me lose the boot loader
> > > and prevent me from logging into linux ??
> Paul Howarth <paul at> wrote:
> > It is probably alright, particularly if the partition you convert is not
> > the XP "system" partition. Which bootloader are you using?
> > Linux will be fine reading and writing to a FAT32 partition.
> My Win XP blew out and fat32 data was inaccesible as the OS would not
> boot. I saved all teh data in ntfs and used linux to access (copy)
> data and save it on linux partition, reformated my disk and we were
> fine. my question : is ntfs more secure than fat32 ? In the event of a
> crash what other options do we have to retrieve data.? thanks, MR

If a system crash fsck is a good tool to repair the file system.
Also liveCD such as Knoppix is handy to repair partition table, image
damaged harddisk for recovery, find lost partition,

I think best thing to do is always backup important data. If your data
is important RAID is good idea.

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