XP: Convert Fat32 to NTFS

Posted June 20, 2004 by AlexTheBeast in Windows

NTFS has several advantages over the Fat32 format. This Tech-Recipes tutorial explains how to make the conversion.


Microsoft has decided to switch from fat32 to the NTFS format. The debate on which is better or worse is still raging. However, NTFS is now Microsoft’s format of choice and is here to stay.

The conversion should not cause you to lose any data; however, it is recommended that you perform a backup before large scale conversions like this.

1. Click Start.
2. Select Run from the Start menu.
3. Type cmd in the textbox and click OK.
4. In the command window that opens, type the following:

    convert c: /fs:ntfs.

(If you want to convert any other drive, change the c: to the drive of choice.)

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