Convert your disks to NTFS.
you do NOT lose any data
Well...normally you won't. But things can happen. I once had to use a recovery program on a full disk because the conversion got muffed and the drive was thereafter unreadable to Windows. The data was still there, but Windows couldn't see it. Thank God the data recovery program could.
Interesting... I've used convert about a half dozen times over the years since Win2000
A couple times on an internal drive on a new computer, and 3-4 times on new USB hard drives that always come pre-formatted Fat32
I've never had a problem... but, as always with anything computer, YMMV and a data backup is a good idea
It had always worked for me as well...until it didn't.
My experience has been 100% with Convert, but then I am most often using it on new external HDD's, so no data really. However, when one is doing this to a disk with data, I strongly recommend a backup - just in case. I have never had Jim's experience, but really cannot recall but once using Convert on a disk with any data. That one went well, but I had copied everything over to another HDD, just in case...
Glad that you were able to recover the data - man, I hate it, when I have to go to Stellar-Phoenix and do a recovery!
To the OP,
Before you use Convert, please do a backup. Also, make sure that you write down the Volume Name correctly - capitalization counts. About the second screen in Convert will ask that you furnish that Volume Name, and it must match. This is safeguard feature. Just write that name down, exactly as Windows Explorer>Properlies lists it. Copy each letter, just as it appears, because you will need that in a moment.