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Will I loose everything If I do this?

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gmagnuson

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#1
If I follow these steps to convert my hard drive to NTFS, Will it format my hard drive, and I will lose everything on it? Thanks!


FAT/FAT32 versus NTFS
Q. I installed Windows XP, but did not know whether to use FAT, FAT32 or NTFS. I chose FAT32. Was this correct?

A. FAT, FAT32 and NTFS are hard drive formats. FAT32 is an evolutionary development of the File Allocation Table, a system that goes back to DOS. The New Technology File System (NTFS) was developed for Windows NT. Microsoft recommends that you use NTFS, which it says is more fault tolerant and has better security.

If you are already using FAT or FAT32, you can convert to NTFS. Click Start>>All Programs>>Accessories>> Command Prompt. At the command prompt, type:

convert C: /fs:ntfs

That assumes your hard drive is C:. If it is not, substitute the correct letter. During the conversion process, you will be asked for a volume name. Press Enter.

This conversion process also applies to Windows 2000.
 
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Vector_One

Guest
#2
No you will not lose any data.

This question seems to be getting asked a lot lately around here.
 

ElementalDragon

The One and Only
#7
Don't they say that it is better to do a fresh format to NTFS than it is to convert from FAT32 to NTFS? thought i heard that somewhere, but not exactly sure.
 

GoNz0

NTFS Stoner
#8
formats always better than a convert. as this guy will find out, it could take 20-30 defrags to sort out if theres a lot of info on there.
 
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gmagnuson

Guest
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Originally posted by GoNz0
formats always better than a convert. as this guy will find out, it could take 20-30 defrags to sort out if theres a lot of info on there.
Hmm. I have 30/60GB filled. So Is it really worth it?
 
#10
i would say so, go get diskeeper free (google) as that will sort the mess out in a few hours.

about the defragging. it's not a case of leaving it on all night, it's more a case of remember to do it once a day for a week at least to let the files get back to the front of the disk. the convert is kind alike throwing all your files in a bag, converting and letting a blind man put em back LOL

still worth it though, the file security is great, NO MORE SCAN DISK if you crash ;)
 
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gmagnuson

Guest
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ok.. I know that defraging takes forever on my machine. I mainley want more stability, and better performance. After my computer has been on for 5 or so days, it becomes a littile laggy, and bogged down. Will this help that? or is there something else I need to do? My computer will only let me use about half of the programs I can-when I first start it up-after a few days of my computer being on.
 
#13
nah mine does that after a few days m8, things dont start, things just stop, run outa memory cus things forget to free up ram etc. running a game free's up the memory for me, but once msn spacs out and wont start, i have to reboot. you want it to last weeks, install 2000 pro ;)
 

Gus K

NTFS abuser
#14
Hmm. I have 30/60GB filled. So Is it really worth it?
No. You might end up with 512b clusters (FAT 32's preffered) instead of XP's NTFS preffered 4K. If you do end up with 512b clusters your computer will be sluggish and always be getting fragmented.
 
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Well one day before I was here I converted to ntfs and it was really slow at first, I was just about to prepare to reinstall on FAT32 but then suddenly it speeded up!

But atfer what I got atfer I fixed the damage from a bad boot screen which was a slow and crashy system because I thought a repair would fix it. When I tinkered from the recovery console, The regular bootscreen came up but it started repair! I reformatted and started from scratch with FAT32
 
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gmagnuson

Guest
#16
Hmmm. I heard the good side, and the bad... Now What???? I have not done anything yet, but now I am not so sure....
 
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gmagnuson

Guest
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Originally posted by GoNz0
igo get diskeeper free (google) as that will sort the mess out in a few hours.
Ok, I guess I decided to go for it, I could not find this program GoNz0 was talking about for free. I am hoping I get much greater system performance & stability.
 

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