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FAT32 to NTFS ?

Posted on 2009-04-06
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I am using Windows 7, and I have a 1 TB drive that was formated as FAT32 and is about 80% full. Is there away to change it to an NTFS drive without having to remove and reformat it?
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Question by:Julypobox
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Paul Solovyovsky earned 200 total points
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I would try convert driver_letter: /fs:ntfs

this works for most windows products, should be the same for windows 7 try doing convert /? and verify the syntax

This should convert on the fly without a reboot.
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by:ozirisno1
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Should be the same as in XP or Vista:

To convert drive C:  

convert c: /fs:ntfs

It will probably ask you to reboot since drive is in use. Change c to whatever drive you are trying to convert.
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by:Lee W, MVP
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paul is correct.  ozirisno1, I believe misread the question - you have NO REASON to run CONVERT C: /FS:NTFS since you are asking about an EXTERNAL drive.
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by:Julypobox
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leew,
I'm not sure that I understand you. Are you saying that I would not do "convert /fs:ntfs" ? if so what would I do to convert it?
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by:Lee W, MVP
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No, I'm saying you should not run
CONVERT C: /FS:NTFS

Note: the C: part.  Is your external drive the C: drive?

(Windows 7, I'm 95% certain) cannot be installed on a fat partition since it makes use of junctions in the file system.
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by:Julypobox
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yes it's an external drive,a usb drive. But are you saying that I cannot covert it or is there a different method I am suppose to use? If it is a different method can you specify?
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by:Paul Solovyovsky
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Same Method

convert drive_letter_of_external drive: /fs:ntfs
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