Converting Hard Drives To NTFS

September 22, 2007 at 3:56 am (Operating Systems, Tips n Tricks)

To use XP compression or encryption, you have to use NTFS. But if you instead have a previous filesystem, such as FAT32, you’re not left out you can convert it to NTFS. To convert a volume to NTFS, use XP’s convert utility. To convert a volume to NTFS, at a command prompt, type:

convert d: /fs:ntfs

where d: is the volume you want to convert.

You can also use a number of parameters along with the utility:

/v
This runs the utility in verbose mode, which provides information about the volume being converted.

/nosecurity
This sets the security privileges on the converted disk so that its files and folders can be used by anyone.
/x
Use this parameter if you’re on a network and want to make sure another user cannot disrupt the conversion process by trying to access the drive while you’re converting it. This parameter dismounts the drive from the network.
So, enjoy better compression facilities with NTFS if you are working with windows XP…
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2 Comments

  1. haryiips said,

    Well good one, worth sharing.Nevertheless any gimmick in your pocket for the FAT32 to NTFS conversion. I mean to share the command you know for the same.Well any precautionary and security measures do we need to have for above such.I mean is it secure to slavishingly convert the format of the drive ?

  2. computers2007 said,

    There is no problem with the changing of file system of hard drives because the data blocks are not interfered anytime. It is just the organization of the index table that gets manipulated.
    Caution : You should have respectable free space before doing this…

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