Thursday, 6 February 2014

Convert your FAT16, FAT32 File System to NTFS File System


Convert your FAT16, FAT32 File System to NTFS File System  

Microsoft Windows  supports the following three file systems for fixed disks, FAT16,  FAT32 and NTFS. Though all the file systems work properly but the NTFS file system is considered to be the best. Even Microsoft recommends that we must use NTFS with Windows XP because of its advanced performance, security, and reliability features. Old versions like Microsoft Windows Millennium Edition (Me), Microsoft Windows 98 Second Edition and earlier, and MS-DOS  cannot access files on an NTFS volume. Only Windows 2000 and Windows XP have full access to files on an NTFS volume. Although the chance of corruption or data loss during the conversion is minimal, but it is recommend that you perform a backup of the data on the volume that you want to convert before you start the conversion.  The procedure to convert your existing FAT16 or FAT32 volume to NTFS, is simple –
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1.    Click “Start”>All Programs>Accessories then click “Command Prompt” or go direct to run command.
2.    Type “convert c: /fs:ntfs(Here ‘c:’ represents “Drive-C”  the system will convert drive ‘C’ this will be repeated for each drive by just replacing the drive letters like ‘D’, ‘E’, ‘F’ and so on.)
3.    The system will give you the following message – “The type of the file system is FAT.”(Here type the current volume label for drive “C”)
4.    When the conversion to NTFS is complete, you  will receive a message “Conversion complete”
5.    Repeat the procedure for each drive except the drive in which the operating system is installed.
6.    Quit the command prompt.
Note- If the operating system is on the drive that you are converting, you will be prompted to schedule the task when you restart the computer because the conversion cannot be completed while the operating system is running.  This issue occurs when the volume that you are trying to convert is in use, for example, if the drive that you want to convert is the same drive where Windows XP is running When you are prompted, click ‘Yes’.

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