Fat 32 to NTFS

Discussion in 'Windows Desktop Systems' started by omgsoup, Jun 23, 2002.

  1. omgsoup

    omgsoup OSNN Senior Addict

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    i have about 9GB left of harddrive space (37GB HD) and my computer came with 98Se, i "upgraded" to me, and now i have xp home. i've heard NTFS is better for stablity. is it recommended that i convert, and where can i find the option to do so?
     
  2. ikester7579

    ikester7579 Guest

    I'd like to know the answer to that one. I have ntfs because I did a clean install. But I have two friends who did upgrades and are using fat 32 and would like to go to ntfs. Hope sombody has an answer.
     
  3. Lonman

    Lonman Bleh!

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    Got to Start> Run> type in 'cmd'> at the command prompt, type in 'convert X: /fs:ntfs' >>> X being the drive you want to convert and the command string without quotes.

    BenQuilter, with only that much free space left I don't know if it will work or not.

    Always do a backup of the valuables before doing this type of operation.
     
  4. ikester7579

    ikester7579 Guest

    Is that the only way?
     
  5. Lonman

    Lonman Bleh!

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    Too simple? Open help and support center, search for 'convert' or 'ntfs.'
     
  6. jp86gt

    jp86gt Guest

    I did it and had all kinds of trouble running retail games, anyone else run into this trouble? Id say that it wasnt worth it and I did a clean install of xp fat 32 and all works well now including games that I already purchased
     
  7. Lonman

    Lonman Bleh!

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    Yeah, some folks do experience problems from converting an existing fat32 system partition. The best way is to do a full ntfs format as part of the installation routine. I wouldn't go back to fat32 on a bet. I've been running ntfs on the same installation since mid December and i haven't lost one byte of data due to cross-linked files, lost clusters, etc. I'm very happy with it.