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NTFS Query

ghayes

Microsoft MVP
#3
"Can i change to NTFS on my hard drive without formatting it?"

Yes you can. This is done via the Convert command - which is part of the operating system. If you go to a command prompt and enter convert /?, you will see how to use.

- Greg/Raxco Software
 
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fossy

Guest
#4
It is possible to change

I think you will find the answer to this is Yes,read the following and check at the MS address given:

HOW TO: Convert a FAT16 or FAT32 Volume to NTFS (Q307881)
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;EN-GB;q307881&GSSNB=1

quote:

Converting a FAT or FAT32 Volume to NTFS
NOTE : Although the possibility of corruption or data loss during the conversion is minimal, it is recommended that you perform a backup of the data on the volume that you want to convert before you start the conversion.

To convert an existing FAT or FAT32 volume to NTFS, follow these steps:
Click Start , point to All Programs , point to Accessories , and then click Command Prompt .


At the command prompt, type the following, where drive letter is the drive that you want to convert:


convert drive letter : /fs:ntfs
For example, type the following command to convert drive E to NTFS:
convert e : /fs:ntfs
When the following message is displayed in the command prompt window, type the volume label of the drive that you are converting, and then press ENTER:


The type of the file system is FAT.
Enter the current volume label for drive drive letter :
When the conversion to NTFS is complete, the following line is displayed in the command prompt window:


Conversion complete
Quit the command prompt.

I know a number of people who have done the conversion succesfuly with no loss of data,so I suggest you back up what you can't afford to lose,and then go for it.Hope this helps.
FOSSY69
 
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Dick Johnson

Guest
#5
Fat to NTFS

PS: The above command prompt conversion works on W2000 and NT in addition to XP. This is nothing new and I've done this MANY times and never lost any data.
 

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