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By VI-Tech ·
I have a computer running winxp with a FAT32 partion. How can I reformat my drive to make it NTFS. I heard that converting FAT32 to NTFS slows down integrity than formating with NTFS.

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by DKlippert In reply to Converting to NTFS

To convert and keep your files, at the command line type:

"convert c: /fs:ntfs"

Some say that there is a slow down, if you're worried, back up your files. Install XP again and choose the NTFS option at the right time.

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by Rabbit_Runner In reply to Converting to NTFS

It is possible to convert from FAT32 to NTFS without reformat. There should be no loss of integrity rather than formating with NTFS.

from a command prompt....
convert <volume_letter> /FS:NTFS

Also note that the Volume_letter should be followed by a colon.

If you are converting the system partition, it will not allow you to do the convert at that time. but will require you to reboot the computer so that the convert will take place. also a good idea would be to back up any documents.I have never had the convert process give me any problems, but if the computer were to loose power during the process, the drive would then be unrecoverable.

Hope this helps.

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by Alpha-Male In reply to Converting to NTFS

From a command prompt:

CONVERT volume /FS:NTFS [/V]

volume Specifies the drive letter (followed by a colon),
mount point, or volume name.
/FS:NTFS Specifies that the volume to be converted to NTFS.
/V Specifies that Convert should be run in verbose mode.

I have not witnessed any issues converting from FAT to NTFS - other than the obvious benefits of running an NTFS system. If you are concerned, run some performance tests on similar systems. If you *do* see a performance hit that is unacceptable, backup your data and reformat/restore.

Good luck, hope this helps!

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by jasonschambers In reply to Converting to NTFS

I had the same issue you have on a Sony laptop, and was curious why they woulod format the drive as fat32. I did convert the drive from fat32 to NTFS, but when I did I saw some serios performace loss in my machine. this command will work to upgrade your disks-convert c: /fs:ntfs

Please be aware that you might crash in the middle of the upgrade so be sure to backup, and look out for the performance loss you may end up with.

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