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
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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