FAT32 to NTFS conversion in Windows XP or vista


Convert FAT32 to NTFS in Windows Vista and XP with the “Convert” utility.Convert is a command line utility to Convert FAT32 to NTFS in Windows Vista and XP.

FAT32 and NTFS:

FAT32 and NTFS are file systems that may be used on a Microsoft Windows hard disk partition.NTFS provides a number of improvements over FAT32, including:

  • Second copy of boot sector for improved reliability
  • Compression
  • File permissions
  • Improved recover-ability
  • Improved performance on large volumes
  • Improved efficiency in disk space utilization
  • Improved fault tolerance

How to convert FAT32 Disk to NTFS in Windows Vista and XP with the Convert utility?

Back up data in the partition or drive that you want to convert to another drive or partition or another computer system or PC or any other storage media.

In Windows XP:

  • Click Start –> Run
  • Enter “cmd” into the text field labeled “Open“.
  • Click OK button
  • If you want to convert drive D (D:), enter the command “vol d:” in the command window, to find the volume label for the D: partition
  • Then enter the command “convert d: /fs:ntfs” to convert the D: partition from FAT32 to NTFS
  • When prompted, enter the volume label for the partition

In Windows Vista:

  • Click Start sphere
  • In the Start Menu search box, simply enter “cmd” and hit enter.
  • If you want to convert drive D (D:), enter the command “convert d: /fs:ntfs” to convert the D: partition from FAT32 to NTFS

You can use the “convert /?” command to bring up information on how to manage the conversion.As long as the drive or partition or disk that you want to convert is not in use, FAT32 to NTFS conversion will happen without any issues. Otherwise, the conversion must be postponed for the next time you reboot the computer system or PC. In Windows Vista start up, you will be prompted to either cancel or carry on with the conversion. The conversion process is fully automated and it involves a couple of restarts. Let Windows vista or XP to do the conversion.

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