fat 32 to ntfs ?

Discussion in 'Windows Desktop Systems' started by ninja geezer, Dec 16, 2002.

  1. ninja geezer

    ninja geezer Guest

    how can i convert my file system from fat 32 to ntfs easily without formatting my drive?.
    i know there is a way beacause i have done it before but i cannot remember how.
  2. Lonman

    Lonman Bleh!

    From a command prompt (Start> Run... type in 'cmd'):

    convert drive_letter: /fs:ntfs

    where drive_letter is C: or D:, etc.
  3. ninja geezer

    ninja geezer Guest

    mmmmmmmm tried that it comes up with invalid all the time ?
    how exactly should i type it to do c drive ?
  4. Tinker

    Tinker Guest

    Give this a read .......
  5. Henyman

    Henyman Secret Goat Fetish Political User

  6. Henyman

    Henyman Secret Goat Fetish Political User

    my article does it in a bit more detail:p
  7. Tinker

    Tinker Guest

    Well my article states it is for XP in the header..:p :p

    (Both are very informative) :)
  8. ninja geezer

    ninja geezer Guest

    a big thanks to all , its sorted now
  9. Henyman

    Henyman Secret Goat Fetish Political User

    np mate:D
  10. Gus K

    Gus K NTFS abuser

    Actually converting Fat32 to NTFS is a bad idea. You end up with the wrong cluster size (512b instead of 4k). Which leads to sluggish performance and a constant need to defragment.
  11. xsivforce

    xsivforce Prodigal Son Folding Team

    Texas, USA
    Don't make me come in here. Now you two sit in the corner and quit "picking" at each other. :mad:
  12. allan

    allan Guest

    While it's true that a format in ntfs is better than a conversion to ntfs, saying it's a "bad idea" is a bit of a stretch. NTFS still provides advantages in certain areas for those who need them and (especially security) and a conversion will work just fine. Wrong cluster size? Maybe - but maybe not - depends on what's on that partition / disk (file types & sizes). Higher level of fragmentation? Oh, I don't know. But even if that does happen so what? That's what disk optimizers / defraggers are for.

    I just think that statement is a bit too general, that's all.