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Chapter 18. Managing Disks and Partition... > Managing Disks Through the Command P...

Managing Disks Through the Command Prompt

As you have seen in previous chapters, the Command Prompt offers you fast, flexible options for executing many processes in Windows XP. The following sections outline the Command Prompt techniques for performing basic disk management tasks.

Converting a Partition From FAT to NTFS

The easiest method to convert from a FAT or FAT32 partition is to use the CONVERT command. Suppose, for example, you chose to initially format the C: drive with FAT32, install Windows 98, and then install Windows XP on another partition. You can, if you decide not to use Windows 98 any longer, convert the C: partition to NTFS and then manually delete the Windows 98 system directory to free up some disk space. You can convert any partition using the CONVERT command, but you will be forced to reboot if it is a system partition or a boot partition. The conversion process will then happen during the boot process. Otherwise, the conversion will take place online, and you can watch the progress of the command. The syntax for the CONVERT command is as follows:


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