Technical mumbo-jumbo alert. The following post has nothing to do with gaming.
I finally convinced myself I need a bigger hard drive. Since giving up the MMO scene for more casual single player gaming (and the occasional delving into Minecraft multiplayer) and an abundance of series and movies my current menagerie of drives were constantly complaining of low space. The fact that first a 320GB and then a 160GB that I was using to back the 320GB up with decided to start giving SMART errors didn’t help either.
So out came the credit card and in came a shiny new 2TB external drive. This brings my total storage to 4.5TB. (Edit – I just remembered purchasing my first drive: a Seagate MFM full-height monstrosity with 20MB storage. Yes, thats megabytes… took me forever to find enough data to put on it.) On the way home I opened the box and was shocked to see a “quick start” manual as thick as my thumb. It’s a hard drive, how can they fill 120 pages as “quick start”. Turns out that it’s 4 pages, double spaced, granny font… in like 60 languages. I read it more out of boredom than anything else, and giggled to myself when I read the following line: “This drive has been preformatted in FAT32.” FAT32? a 2TB drive? Fat chance. It must be an old manual or something.
Anyway, I started transferring data on Sunday night, moving all my series to the new drive. This went pretty smoothly, albeit a bit slow. Next up came the Anime, which was started on Monday night. This morning I awoke to an error message on my screen. I was half asleep, so I just caught something about “not enough free space on the volume for this file”. I closed the message, thinking how on earth did I manage to fill the drive already. I’d only copied about 800GB to it.
Then it dawned on me… The drive wasn’t full, the file was just too big for the partition… it really was formatted in FAT32. What to do? I hadn’t even started copying over my Blue-ray backups yet. No way would they fit. so I packed the drive in, took it to work and started researching. I wasn’t about to copy everything back again to repartition the drive. There had to be another solution.
First google attempt: Found a program called Easus Partition Master that claimed to be able to convert filesystems without losing data. Quickly downloaded and installed it. 2 Minutes into the transfer process it stopped, claiming critical errors on the drive. It did however undo everything it had done to that point, rendering the drive still useable.
Second google attempt: Found out that Microsoft actually has a built-in command to do this. You open up a command prompt as an administrator and then run the following: convert D: /fs:ntfs (where D is replaced by the drive letter). However when running this on my notebook, it gave me an “Insufficient memory” error. So I ran it on my desktop and 5 minutes later I had a NTFS drive with all my data intact.
If you’ve just sat through all this drivel, thanks and sorry. Personal life and quitting WoW has kept me pretty much away from writing in general, and I guess it’s time to have an outlet again. I’ve got some ideas as to the direction I’m going with blogging, just have to see if it’s got enough material and content.
Cheers for now,
b0b (Pindleskin nevermore)