converting to NTFS

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Post 3+ Months Ago

my current system is FAT32 and I would like to change it to NTFS does anybody know how to do that
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yea if you need to install xp and format the drive as ntfs. You can also go to the run command if xp is already installed and type cmd from the command type (convert c: /fs:ntfs) but still this may cause you to loose your os so your best bet would to install or reinstall xp and format the drive in the ntfs file system.
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no I meant to change it without formatting
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To my greatest knowledge this cannot be done do to the fact that it has to change file systems. i could be wrong but im pretty sure im right
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even if you could, you dont want to... its messy, and screws a bunch of stuff up... it much easier to just back up your data and format/reinstall...
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You do not have to format to convert to NTFS. It can be done easily and I highly recommend doing so. You gain better security on your file system. Simply use the comand WoRd Of WisdOm provided.

If you don't believe me, check the source:

http://www.ntfs.com/quest3.htm

P.S. I've done this a dozen times or more on Windows 2000 and XP and I have never lost data as a result. You will need to reboot and the conversion will take place. Let it complete it's task and it should automatically boot to Windows.

Keep in mind, though, once it's converted it cannot be converted back to FAT32
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ok, i withdraw my earlier statement...

i just find that its easier to build from the ground up when youre making major changes like this... its just my personal opinion...
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so if I want to change back to FAT32, I should format right
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You will have to, yes. There is no way to convert from NTFS back to Fat32

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