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    FAT32 to NTFS w/o reinstall

    I presently have dual boot Win98/Win2K. Each partition uses FAT32. i really want the Windows 2K partition to mirror the configuration of my PC at work, which uses the NTFS file system. is there a way to convert the Win2K partition from FAT32 to NTFS without un-installing and re-installing Win2K? I will probably want to move to WinXP eventually. Will the two file systems pose a problem for the XP upgrade down the road?

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    Re: FAT32 to NTFS w/o reinstall

    You don't have to re-onstall to convert FAT32 to NTFS, but once you do, you cannot go back without redoing the partitions on the drives.

    Also, when you boot to Win 98, you will not be able to access any of the NTFS partitions.

    In Windows Help, search for NTFS.
    There's a topic about doing such a conversion.

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    Re: FAT32 to NTFS w/o reinstall

    You need to run the command-line tool called, appropriately, convert. Go to Start -- Run and enter CMD to open the command prompt. Also read <A target="_blank" HREF=http://www.wopr.com/cgi-bin/w3t/showthreaded.pl?Cat=&Board=2000&Number=107587>Howa rd's post</A> which has some important information.

    To convert drive C:, for example:

    CONVERT C: /FS:NTFS /V

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

    volume Specifies the drive letter (followed by a colon),
    mount point, or volume name.
    /FS:NTFS Specifies that the volume is to be converted to NTFS.
    /V Specifies that Convert should be run in verbose mode.
    /CvtArea:filename
    Specifies a contiguous file in the root directory to be
    the place holder for NTFS system files.
    /NoSecurity Specifies the converted files and directories security
    settings to be accessible by everyone.
    /X Forces the volume to dismount first if necessary.
    All opened handles to the volume would then be invalid.</pre>

    -Mark

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    Re: FAT32 to NTFS w/o reinstall

    You can easily convert partitions using <A target="_blank" HREF=http://www.powerquest.com/partitionmagic/>Partition Magic</A>

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    Re: FAT32 to NTFS w/o reinstall

    From the help files within Windows 2K
    <font color=red>
    To convert a volume to NTFS from the command prompt

    Open a command prompt window.
    In the command prompt window, type
    convert drive_letter: /fs:ntfs

    Notes

    To open a Command Prompt window, click Start, point to Programs, point to Accessories, and then click Command Prompt.
    You can convert FAT or FAT32 volumes to NTFS with this command. </font color=red>

    Now running HP Pavilion a6528p, with Win7 64 Bit OS.

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    Re: FAT32 to NTFS w/o reinstall

    Get PartitionMagic. It's painless.

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