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Convert FAT32 To NTFS Without Formating!

Your hard drive must be formatted with a file system such as FAT32 or NTFS so that Windows can be installed on to it. This system determines how files are named, organised and stored on the drive. If you’re not using it already, NTFS (New Technology File System) is recommended for Windows XP because of the additional functionality it offers.
It’s possible to convert at any time from within Windows XP without losing any data.

You can use the convert tool in Windows XP to change the file system on your hard disk from FAT or FAT32 to NTFS. The whole process is safe and your existing data won’t be destroyed.

  • To begin,
  • click Start -> Run,
  • Type cmd and press [Return].
  • At the command prompt type convert c: /fs:ntfs and press [Enter] (where ‘c’ is the letter of the drive you’re converting).
When you try and run the convert utility, it’s likely that Windows XP will be using your paging file so the process won’t be completed immediately.
Therefore, you’ll see a brief message on screen informing you that the conversion will take place instead the next time Windows starts up.
Having restarted, the Check Disk utility will run, the conversion will be performed automatically and you may find that your PC will reboot twice more.


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