covert FAT 32 to NTFS ?

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lee99

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i am running Windows XP and i have my system on FAT 32 however i have been informed that it would be best to change this to NTFS. can somebody please tell me why this will be best and also how i do this please.

thank you in advance
 
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You don't need to even do that

It can be done from the command prompt

Go to Start | All Programs | Accessories | Command Prompt
type convert X: /fs:ntfs

where X is the letter of the drive you wish to convert
note the space

This page makes an excellent job of explaining the advantages of NTFS
 

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Note that due to a bug in the W2K CONVERT utility, it's not advisable to use it to convert FAT32 to NTFS, you end up with 512 byte clusters, and performance goes down the toilet. I use Partition Magic for this job on W2K systems...
 

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Originally posted by johnwill:
Note that due to a bug in the W2K CONVERT utility, it's not advisable to use it to convert FAT32 to NTFS, you end up with 512 byte clusters, and performance goes down the toilet. I use Partition Magic for this job on W2K systems...
Is that just for W2K? Or does it affect XP as well.
 
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I note the word "convert" here. Is this somehow different from doing a total reformat? If one converts from the command prompt, will all data on the drive be lost?
 
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Welcome to TSG, Rwinegar

Yes it is completely different from a format. Conversion from FAT to NTFS leaves all your files, folders and data intact. and nothing lost, except wasted space that is
 
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Thanks putasolution. I think we communicated previously in another forum.

My situation is this - I have internal drive D that contains about 60GB of data. Using Casper XP, I clone this to an external firewire drive as a backup. Both these drives are FAT32. I will "convert" the external drive first. When I clone this back to the internal drive, it should take the NTFS file system along with it.

Thanks again.
 
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I would simply back up to the external, convert the internal, and if it doesnt work (but it most probably will) then restore from the external.

You for some reason seem to want to make one unneccicary step.
 
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YIPPEE!!! It worked. You guys are great. Puta solutions helped me before on another forum. Thanks to all. This was my first post on this forum. The subject caught my eye as it is exactly what I was thinking of doing.
 

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In addition, copying from an NTFS filesystem to a FAT32 filesystem does not convert the destination drive to NTFS, it just copies the files. :)
 
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You are right johnwill with regard to copying. But, when one CLONES the entire drive, the destination drive assumes the same file system as the source drive. Been there - done that.

How do I determine the cluster size of my new NTFS file system? I know there are charts, but I don't trust them.
 
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you know, for some reason i dont think in xp home it supports the more advanced ntfs features (encryption etc,) i'd like someone to prove me wrong, but....
 
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