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« on: September 18, 2008, 03:32:01 AM »

My OS is XP Home which was installed on the same PC that used to have ME; therefore, my filing system is still FAT 32.

I would like to convert my FAT 32 system to NTFS.  From what I have read I understand that this is possible and no data will be lost.  I tried entering the following command: "C:\>convert C/FS:NTFS", but a message appears that states the command "is not recognized as an internal or external command, operable program or batch file". 

I have two questions:

(1) I was hoping there is a utility that I can download that would make conversion a lot easier, is there?

(2) Am I correct in thinking that NTFS is a much better filing system than FAT 32 and therefore making converting worthwhile?

Thank you so much for your time, I really appreciate it.
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« Reply #1 on: September 18, 2008, 05:49:55 PM »

You were on the correct track, however you typed the command incorrectly. You typed "c:\>convert C/FS:NTFS" and the problem is simple, there needs to be a colon after the C and a space between the slash so it looks like this; "c:\convert c: /FS:NTFS"

Do you see the difference?

c:\>convert C/FS:NTFS <---- Wrong syntax
c:\convert c: /FS:NTFS <---- Correct syntax
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« Reply #2 on: September 18, 2008, 06:02:56 PM »

Hi,

(1) The simplest way is using Windows convert command. http://support.microsoft.com/kb/314097

(2) Overview of FAT and NTFS File Systems: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/100108/EN-US/


Now as to why the convert command is not found:

Verify if the file exists: C:\WINDOWS\system32\convert.exe

If it does, open your Command Prompt and type 'cd C:\WINDOWS\system32' (without the quotes)
then type 'CONVERT C: /FS:NTFS ' <ENTER>  (without the quotes)
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« Reply #3 on: September 18, 2008, 06:04:00 PM »

Oops..sorry Eremon1

I guess you beat me to it!
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