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Chapter 14. Tuning Windows Vista’s Perfo... > Converting FAT16 and FAT32 Partition...

Converting FAT16 and FAT32 Partitions to NTFS

The NTFS file system is your best choice if you want optimal hard disk performance because, in most cases, NTFS outperforms both FAT16 and FAT32. (This is particularly true with large partitions and with partitions that that have lots of files.) Note, however, that for best NTFS performance you should format a partition as NTFS and then add files to it. If this isn’t possible, Windows Vista offers the CONVERT utility for converting a FAT16 or FAT32 drive to NTFS:

CONVERT volume /FS:NTFS [/V] [/CvtArea:filename] [/NoSecurity] [/X]


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