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FORMATTING fAT32 TO NTFS

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by kokaik, Jan 16, 2006.

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  1. kokaik

    kokaik Thread Starter

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    guys I have just finished restored my HP CD to Win XP Sp2 but did a mistake in the early stage by choosing FAT32

    Can I do a switch to NTFS without going thru the entire process again or not losing any s/f I have already installed? A friend suggested to type [format c: /fs:ntfs /q] in the run command and restart the PC should do the trick but it didn't happen...

    can someone help me here? thx :eek:
     
  2. Scorpion

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    Found this.....

    First, back up your data. Pictures, Word files, whatever it may be, save it all to something off of that drive/partition. Also, by doing this, understand that there is always the risk of data loss. So if something goes wrong, you are the responsible party. Also, make sure all applications are closed before doing this.

    OK, now get yourself to a command prompt. Just Start, Run, CMD will get you there. Now type
    CONVERT C: /FS:NTFS

    You will be asked to press Y or N. You will want to say N to unmounting right there and then. You will then be prompted schedule a conversion. Say Y to this. From here, just follow the instructions. You will have to reboot. After the PC has restarted, let it run without you doing ANYTHING.

    Scorp.
     
  3. kokaik

    kokaik Thread Starter

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    Thanks CS, worked beautifully.

    like your signature :p
     
  4. JohnWill

    JohnWill Retired Moderator

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    Do a CHKDSK from a command prompt and check the allocation unit size. If you see a line that says this, you need to fix that for maximum performance.

    512 bytes in each allocation unit.

    There is a bug that occurs with 2K, and I've recently found out, with XP, that doesn't allow the allocation units to be converted to the default 4096 bytes, which will adversely affect performance. I fix it with Partition Magic.
     
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