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.
    thanks.:confused:
     
  2. Lonman

    Lonman Bleh!

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    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 ?
    thanks.
     
  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
    cheers.
    paul.:happy:
     
  9. Henyman

    Henyman Secret Goat Fetish Political User

    np mate:D
     
  10. Gus K

    Gus K NTFS abuser

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    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

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    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.