ntfs conversion

hi all,
how do i convert my hdd format from fat32 to ntfs without reinstalling the OS. i know there's a way, but i cant recall the command.. kindly advice.
eturfclubAsked:
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sunray_2003Commented:
C:\> CONVERT  C:  /fs:ntfs
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SheharyaarSaahilCommented:
Hello eturfclub =)

Convert FAT32 To NTFS
http://www.tech-recipes.com/windows_tips474.html
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sunray_2003Commented:
though MS says there shud be no data loss , make sure to backup all data.
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eturfclubAuthor Commented:
i have tried "convert C :/fs:ntfs" and the following error showed up

convert.exe: unable to open the image "C:": Permission denied
convert.exe: missing an image filename '/fs:ntfs'
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SheharyaarSaahilCommented:
type exactly as "convert c: /fs:ntfs"
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SheharyaarSaahilCommented:
ofcourse without quotes :)
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sunray_2003Commented:
change C to the drive where you had insalled windows
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eturfclubAuthor Commented:
yeah... i typed exactly as shown above.. but still i got the same message
my os is installed on C
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SheharyaarSaahilCommented:
Are you logged in as Administrator ??
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eturfclubAuthor Commented:
yeah
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sunray_2003Commented:
to start with how did you get xp on this machine .. it came with the computer or u installed it or u imaged it
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sunray_2003Commented:
just make sure u have fat32 file system
go to command prompt and give this command

chkdsk /f

see if it reports u have fat32
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eturfclubAuthor Commented:
my machine's a BENQ notebook and my installation was direct from the quickrestore disk which i had no idea wad/how it really installed.

it reports fat32, however, reporting that it was unable to lock drive
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sunray_2003Commented:
can you confirm from the manufacturer if you have permissions to change file formats.. possibly some warranty stuff..

can you copy and paste what exactly you get when you give chkdsk /f ??
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SheharyaarSaahilCommented:
you know my sis has a toshiba latop, and toshiba has put a different tool for converting the FAT32 to NTFS.... so try to check if you have any such tool... or how about trying a third party tool, like Ranish Partition Manager :-?

Ranish Partition Manager(freeware)
http://www.ranish.com/part/
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eturfclubAuthor Commented:
http://www.darrenix.com/error.gif

i uploaded the print screen there... kindly advice.. thanks..
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sunray_2003Commented:
i donot think anything needs to be worried about that. it is just that u are currently using the drive so chkdsk cannot do the checking.. donot worry abt that
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eturfclubAuthor Commented:
ooh... thanks.. so should i drop BENQ an email asking them about wad they used?
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SheharyaarSaahilCommented:
>> ooh... thanks.. so should i drop BENQ an email asking them about wad they used?
well if you can... then why not :)
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sunray_2003Commented:
check with them and see if they allow ppl to do .

companies might differ with respect to warranty issues so you confirm with them .

ask them if you are allowed to convert ur file system type and if they say yes , tell them you cannot get it working with convert or atleast u are getting permission errors..
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eturfclubAuthor Commented:
if they say "no", does that mean that i have to stick to this config unless i install the OS from the Retail version of XP?
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SheharyaarSaahilCommented:
yeah... im afraid so =\
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sunray_2003Commented:
eturfclub,

there can be 2 nos

a) NO you are not supposed to do orelse there would be warranty problems
b) No you cannot do for this OEM version or whatever but if you change it wont affect warranty

you want to hear b) option and in that case install using a fresh retail version of XP
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eturfclubAuthor Commented:
ooh... thanks for ur great helps... (=
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SheharyaarSaahilCommented:
You are Welcome eturfclub! ^_^
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