How to Convert FAT Disks to NTFS

You are asked to choose between three file systems for disk partitions on a computer running Windows XP: NTFS, FAT, and FAT32. NTFS is the recommended file system because it's is more powerful than FAT or FAT32, and includes features required for hosting Active Directory as well as other important security features. You can use features such as Active Directory and domain-based security by choosing NTFS as your file system. If your choice is not NTFS, and you want to make your file system to be NTFS, what do you do? You should convert your present file system into NTFS. You can do it through the following ways:


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    Formatting: Back up your data and then reformat the volume using the new file system. However, this will take a long time. Meanwhile, the risk of data loss when converting FAT to NTFS by formatting is much higher than other methods.
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    Convert FAT to NTFS Using Command Prompt: Using this method, open the command prompt by clicking on "start" button. Go to "All Programs," then to Accessories and then click on Command prompt. Type the following on the command prompt window: convert C: /fs:ntfs. The above command, for instance, can be used to convert drive C. it is important to remember that this is a one way process and once converted, you cannot then convert back to the earlier file system.
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    Convert FAT Partition to NTFS with Software. Explore the different software options available and read reviews.

NOTE: Alternative, Graphical Method:

For those of you scared of the Command line!


  • Windows 7 (32 & 64 bit)
  • Windows Vista (32 & 64 bit)
  • Windows XP (32 & 64 bit)
  • Windows 2000 Professional
  • Windows Server 2008 (32 & 64 bit)
  • Windows Server 2003 (32 & 64 bit)
  • Windows 2000 Server Family

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