Converting to NTFS

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Nobby

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#1
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
 
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Nobby

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#4
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
 
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allan

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#5
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).
 
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1timemember

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#6
This might sound like a newbie question to you

What does NTSF mean? and what does it do?
 
#7
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.
 
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allan

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#9
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.
 

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