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Change Drive format from FAT32 to NTFS

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I need to compress this hard  drive  can anyone give advice on how to do this FAT32 to NTFS so that i can compress this and have more space
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Lee W, MVP earned 200 total points
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Compression is not great and I don't recommend it as a long term solution - you're much better off buying another disk and adding it - either external or internal.


That said, converting it is very simply - BACKUP FIRST (I've never seen a problem with a conversion and I've done dozens, but you could always be the first).

Once you have a backup, then simply open a command prompt and type this command:

CONVERT X: /FS:NTFS

Where X: is the drive you want to convert.

Reboot.  You'll have NTFS when you're done.
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