June 19, 2013
Converting Hard disks formatted to the FAT file system to NTFS
NOTE: This command is one way only, by doing this you will not be able to convert your drive back to FAT32 without 3rd Party utility or reformatting the drive.
The advantages to using the NTFS file system:
NTFS conversion should not be done in the following instances:
With FAT formatted drives created with earlier versions of Windows there may be 2KB system sectors before the data starts and as the cluster size is often larger than 4Kb, you may end up with 512byte clusters which isn't an incredibly efficient conversion. You can align the data into a 4Kb area before you convert with a tool such as BootitNG - Compare Cluster Sizes
To Convert a drive go to start, select run and enter cmd into the run box. When the cmd windows appears enter the following as shown in the picture below
convert drive_letter: /fs:ntfs
Within Windows, covert will not be able to obtain exclusive access to your hard drive if any files are in use, as such the conversion must be done the next time Windows starts to load
On the next reboot the process will start by checking the drive for errors, before proceeding to determine the disk space required for the conversion and thereafter the conversion of the file system to NTFS.
Your drive should now be using the NTFS file system.
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