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Friday, August 17, 2007

Windows XP - Convert FAT32 file system into NTFS

Ok guys...a simple Win XP tips for today. It's really easy to convert your Volume/Local Disk that have FAT32 (File Allocation Table) file system to NTFS (New Technology File System).

To view your drive file system, simply go to My Computer > right click on your drive and click Properties.

Take this simple steps:-

Step 1

Open your Command Prompt. To open it, press Window + R, type cmd and hit ENTER.

Step 2

Type convert D: /fs:ntfs and hit ENTER. That's all. I used the Local Drive D: as an example. Please note that you cannot convert your Local Drive where you placed your Operating System(OS) files on it (Default OS drive was on C:).

Why do you need to convert your volume to NTFS?

Ok..a quick lists of the advantages and also the disadvantages of using the NTFS.


The recoverability designed into NTFS is such that a user should seldom have to run a disk repair program on an NTFS volume. NTFS guarantees the consistency of the volume by using standard transaction logging and recovery techniques.

In the event of a system failure, NTFS uses its log file and checkpoint information to automatically restore the consistency of the file system. For more information about recovering your system, restoring data, and creating an emergency repair disk (ERD), please visit this page.

Windows 2000 supports compression on an individual file basis for NTFS volumes. Files that are compressed on an NTFS volume can be read and written by any Windows-based application without first being decompressed by another program. Decompression happens automatically during the read of the file. The file is compressed again when it is closed or saved.

In addition, formatting your volumes with NTFS instead of FAT16 or FAT32 provides the following advantages:
  • There are some Windows 2000 operating system features that require NTFS.
  • Faster access speed. NTFS minimizes the number of disk accesses required to find a file.
  • File and folder security. On NTFS volumes, you can set file permissions on files and folders that specify which groups and users have access to them, and what level of access is permitted. NTFS file and folder permissions apply both to users working at the computer where the file is stored and to users accessing the file over the network when the file is in a shared folder. With NTFS you can also set share permissions that operate on shared folders in combination with file and folder permissions.
  • Windows 2000 can format volumes up to 2 terabytes in size with NTFS.
  • The boot sector is backed up to a sector at the end of the volume.
  • NTFS supports a native encryption system called Encrypting File System (EFS), using public-key security to prevent unauthorized access to file contents.
  • NTFS functionality can be extended by using reparse points, enabling new features such as volume mount points.
  • Disk quotas can be set, limiting the amount of space users can consume on an NTFS volume.


While NTFS is the recommended file system for users of Windows 2000, it is not appropriate in all circumstances. Disadvantages of NTFS include:
  • NTFS volumes are not accessible in MS-DOS, Windows 95, and Windows 98. Due to upgrades made to NTFS in Windows 2000, the advanced features of the Windows 2000 implementation of NTFS are not available in Windows NT 4.0 and earlier.
  • When very small volumes contain mostly small files, the overhead of managing NTFS may cause a slight performance drop in comparison to FAT.

That's all for today..I hope you enjoy this post.


1. You can use this tips to convert the FAT volume to NTFS.
2. You cannot convert the drive from NTFS to FAT or FAT32. To do this, you have to reformat you local disk or partition. Make sure you make a backup first.
3. To view the other convert commands, type help convert to your Command Prompt and press ENTER.

Credits: Microsoft, WinXpFix


Anonymous said...

your information is very helpful. thank you for dat
but, can i convert my pen drive which is in fat 32 (4GB space) company is transcend to NTFS help me out man plz

dX-XeL said...

Maybe this tip can help you about that...

sajan said...

iwant to convert NTFS to FAT32 plz mail mail me :-

dX-XeL said...

Hi Sajan,

I've replied your email actually. This is in case you never received my email and maybe somebody out there want to know how to convert NTFS to FAT32 file system in Win xp :)

From what I know (so far), it has 3 methods to do this:-

First thing first, backup your important files to cd/dvd or any external hard drive.

Method #1

Note: This method will format all your hard drive partitions and erase all your data.

Boot your computer using a win98 or winme boot disk (you can download it at

Choose to boot without cd-drivers and at the dos prompt type:


Say "yes" to enable large paritions (this is FAT32).Choose to delete "non-dos partitions". Now create a new dos partition.

Restart and using your boot disk goto the dos prompt and type:


Now your hard drive is fat32.

Reinstall your Win xp and done.

Method #2

If you want to converts partitions among FAT, FAT32, and NTFS without losing data, you might want to try the Partition Magic 8.0 as well.

Method #3

Note: This method will format and erase all the data on your local drive C: only (in case your your other partition already have FAT32 file system)

Format your local drive C: using Windows XP installation disk. Just choose "Format the partition using using the FAT file system" when it comes to the format page.

Then continue installing your fresh Windows XP.

Hope this will help you. Yeahh!!!


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