Converting to NTFS

Discussion in 'Windows Desktop Systems' started by Nobby, Jun 14, 2002.

  1. Nobby

    Nobby Guest

    OK I've got a dual boot system

    first partion is running windows xp using fat32 for some strange reason

    second partion is w2k using ntfs

    can I convert the first partion to NTFS without losing my second boot to w2k
  2. gonaads

    gonaads Beware the G-Man Political User Folding Team

  3. allan

    allan Guest

    From the command line: CONVERT C: /FS:NTFS
  4. Nobby

    Nobby Guest

    I know the command

    but it the conversion destroy the other partition

    in other words

    will I be able to boot up from the second partition after I performed it
  5. allan

    allan Guest

    It has nothing to do with the other partition and it will not destroy any data. All it does is convert from fat to ntfs on the partition you specify (the above command is for C: drive - if that's not the drive you want to convert, replace the letter C with the correct partition letter).
  6. 1timemember

    1timemember Guest

    This might sound like a newbie question to you

    What does NTSF mean? and what does it do?
  7. Lonman

    Lonman Bleh!

    New Technology File System. It offers a lot of security and stability features not found in previous files systems. Fat32 is actually an 'enhanced' Fat16. Here's a pretty good non-technical article about it.
  8. gonaads

    gonaads Beware the G-Man Political User Folding Team

  9. allan

    allan Guest

    By the way Nobby, you need to recognize that the conversion to NTFS is a one way process. Once you've converted, you cannot change back to FAT without either reformatting (which means you'd erase all data on the drive) or using a 3rd party utility such as Partition Magic 7.0 (which can perform the task non-destructively).

    I'm not suggesting you would want to go back, just explaining the situation.