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    Post Convert or Switch to NTFS File System

    By: Mohammad Yousef
    You've got two options: either format a drive with NTFS or use the 'convert' command. The first way is recommended because all data on the partition will be erased - consequently, you'll be starting with a 'clean' drive. Use this method only if you don't need to keep your files intact. But most of us would want to keep our files, and to do this you've got two options:

    Back up all your data before formatting
    So you want to start with a 'clean' drive but can't afford losing your precious files? Very simple. All you need to do is back up your files to an external hard-drive or a partition other than the one you want to convert or burn the data onto CDs. After you're done you can format a drive with NTFS.
    Use the convert command from command prompt
    This way, you don't need to back up. All files are preserved as they are. However, I recommend a backup. You don't know what might go wrong and besides what would you lose if you did back-up. When I converted to NTFS using convert.exe, everything went smooth. Chances are your conversion will be equally smooth.
    IMPORTANT NOTE: This is a one-way conversion. Once you've converted to NTFS, you can't go back to FAT or FAT32 unless you format the drive.

    Open Command Prompt
    Start / All Programs / Accessories / Command Prompt
    OR
    Start / Run / type "cmd" without quotes / OK
    In the window, type convert drive letter: /fs:ntfs and press Enter
    e.g. Type "convert C: /fs:ntfs" without quotes if you want to convert drive C
    If you're asked whether you want to dismount the drive, agree.
    To find more information about convert.exe type "help convert" without quotes in Command Prompt and press Enter.



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    BB, this is a good tip. I'm not familiar with this newsletter. Have you got a link?
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    It's Chris Pirillo, who used to host call for help on TechTV. They found him over on this site:

    http://www.lockergnome.com/

    before they got him on TechTV. Now he no longer hosts that show and is back full time doing the Lockergnome newsletter and site.


    there are several newsletters to subscribe to.. I get them all from windows to Linux to web design.

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    Anyone who thinks of converting FAT32 to NTFS should always check the cluster size of the FAT32 partition first. If the FAT cluster is 512k then you should format and not convert. 4k is the default cluster for NTFS and if you convert a FAT32 512k to NTFS it will keep the 512k cluster and your I/O performance will suffer.

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    but where's the writer's name?

    It should be against your ethics, BB, to submit an article without including the original writer's name. Anyway, I am the one who wrote it- Mohammad Yousef (a contributor to Lockergnome). I'm not annoyed just because it's me, but it's absolutely wrong to do such a thing!

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    Welcome to Techzonez...but if I'm not mistaken he did give credit.
    Quote Originally Posted by Big Booger
    From the Lockergnome newsletter.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hotmale
    It should be against your ethics, BB, to submit an article without including the original writer's name. Anyway, I am the one who wrote it- Mohammad Yousef (a contributor to Lockergnome). I'm not annoyed just because it's me, but it's absolutely wrong to do such a thing!
    see rik's post. Sorry I didn't quote you verbatim.. I'll remember that in my next postings to add the author. You do give great tips Mr. Yousef, and I did quote Lockergnome as the source. That is our general policy at TZ. Give the source, we generally don't include the author. And as this was from a newsletter I didn't have a hard link to paste into the text of the posting above.

    Sorry.

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    I accept the apology but don't get me wrong.
    It was meant to be more like a reminder than a complaint.

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