Friday, October 14, 2011

How To Convert Drives From FAT To NTFS Using Command Prompt

Its easy to convert the file system in xp, To begin, click Start  Run, type cmd and press Enter on your keyboard. At the command prompt type "convert C: /FS:NTFS" without quote and press Enter  it may ask for the volume label give the volume label of the Drive which you want to convert (where ‘c’ is the letter of the drive you’re converting).

Remember you can not convert NTFS Volumes to FAT it's to convert FAT Volumes to NTFS.

To know more about Syntax you can visit Advanced Query Syntax
How to convert Drive From FAT to NTFS Using Command Prompt
Syntax :

CONVERT volume /FS:NTFS [/V] [/CvtArea:filename] [/NoSecurity] [/X]

volume: Specifies the drive letter (followed by a colon), mount point, or volume name.
/FS:NTFS: Specifies that the volume is to be converted to NTFS.
/V: Specifies that Convert should be run in verbose mode.
/CvtArea:filename: Specifies a contiguous file in the root directory to be the place holder for NTFS system files.
/NoSecurity: Specifies the converted files and directories security settings to be accessible by everyone.
/X: Forces the volume to dismount first if necessary. All opened handles to the volume would then be invalid.

You will get this syntax help by typing Convert /? in command prompt Window.

In this way you can easily convert your Hard Disk partition from FAT to NTFS by using some commands on your Windows Computer. In this procedure no need to use any windows software just follow the syntax and apply on your PC. You can also use any third party application to convert FAT to NTFS but it may not be freeware application so our reference is to use the commands to convert file system of the drive.

How to Check the Drive Whether it's FAT or NTFS?

Before you going to convert the file system, please check the Drive in My Computer whether it is FAT or NTFS File System. To check this open the drive then right click on empty place and check the properties or open My Computer and right click on the drive and check properties it will show the File System NTFS or FAT. If you have NTFS file system then it's not required to convert the drive. To know the difference between FAT and NTFS visit here.

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