Actually it is possible. I've done it only once. There should be a FAT32 to NTFS conversion tool somewhere in Windows XP, but I don't remember where (maybe in the System32 folder). However it would still be best to re-format and during Windows installation, partition the HD as an NTFS drive.
DeltaGator From United States of America, joined Sep 2005, 6341 posts, RR: 13
Reply 6, posted (8 years 1 month 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 947 times:
The volume label is the name of the drive. Look in My Computer and see what the drive is called.Mine is listed as System (C so the volume label would be System. Follow that convention. I converted a FAT32 partition to NTFS a few tims but it honestly has been 5 years ago or more. If it worked then I doubt you'll have problems today.
Edit: Obviously I didn't intend the smile in the volume label. So It would be System (C: ) and remove that space in there.
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NorthStarDC4M From Canada, joined Apr 2000, 3034 posts, RR: 37
Reply 10, posted (8 years 1 month 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 926 times:
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just remember one thing:
FAT to NTFS is ONE WAY CONVERSION, there is no way (according to MS) to convert a drive back to FAT/FAT32...
However, pick up a decent disk utility (Partition Magic, Norton Utilities) and it suddenly becomes possible... and also point and click easy... this is actually a better option than the MS way... but the MS way is cheaper
and just to make everything clear, the command for converting your C: would be:
C:>convert c: /FS:NTFS
you don't need to worry about any switches.
If you run that from inside windows (ie command prompt) the system will reboot and convert the volume, if you just run it from a real MSDOS prompt (CD boot, etC) it will just run the conversion... takes about 2-4 mins per GB used of disk on a 2ghz machine to run. Used space takes much longer than empty space (which takes nearly no time at all).
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