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5. Disk Hacks > 45. Convert FAT to NTFS

Convert FAT to NTFS

Use NT/2000/XP/2003’s CONVERT program to change a FAT partition to NTFS.

CONVERT is a command-line program with one simple function: to change a FAT partition to NTFS. Normally CONVERT applies user and system security settings to all of the files in the partition, but the command-line option /NoSecurity leaves the access rights to all files open to everyone, as if the partition were an unsecured FAT partition.

To use CONVERT to make your C: drive NTFS:

  1. Click Start, then Run. Type in CMD or open a Command Prompt window.

  2. At the command prompt type:

                      convert c:\ /fs:ntfs
  3. If the partition has a volume label, you will be prompted to type it in.

  4. Press Y to proceed. If this partition is also the system root, you will see a message telling you the partition will be converted at the next reboot.


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