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FAT32 To Ntfs Conversion

Fri Sep 01, 2006 4:28 am

To get File Sharing Folders to work in Windows Live Messenger, I need to convert my HDD from FAT32 to NTFS.

Do you suggest I do it?

How do I do?

The instructions that MSN help page says how to do it, doesn't work, because it asks for the Volume Label, but I don't know it.

Thanks
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RE: FAT32 To Ntfs Conversion

Fri Sep 01, 2006 4:29 am

I don't think it's possible without a reformat...

I'm not 100% sure of this though.

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RE: FAT32 To Ntfs Conversion

Fri Sep 01, 2006 4:35 am

Quoting VonRichtofen (Reply 1):
I don't think it's possible without a reformat...

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.
 
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RE: FAT32 To Ntfs Conversion

Fri Sep 01, 2006 4:42 am

Oh yeah, just to say, I dont have an XP disc due to the disc not being sent with my new laptop.

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RE: FAT32 To Ntfs Conversion

Fri Sep 01, 2006 5:15 am

Quoting Agill (Reply 4):

That helps but whats a volume label?

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RE: FAT32 To Ntfs Conversion

Fri Sep 01, 2006 5:26 am

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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RE: FAT32 To Ntfs Conversion

Fri Sep 01, 2006 5:27 am

Quoting AirbusA346 (Reply 5):

That helps but whats a volume label?

For instance C. If you doubleclick on "my computer" you get a list of all the volume labels. C will be the system volume. D might for instance be the cd-rom. Well you get the picture.
 
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RE: FAT32 To Ntfs Conversion

Fri Sep 01, 2006 5:28 am

I would also recommend backing up important stuff since there is always a risk that somethings goes seriously wrong.
 
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RE: FAT32 To Ntfs Conversion

Fri Sep 01, 2006 5:30 am

http://www.aumha.org/win5/a/ntfscvt.php

Try that. Worked for me about a year ago.
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RE: FAT32 To Ntfs Conversion

Fri Sep 01, 2006 5:53 am

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  Smile

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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