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    Fat32 to NTFS? (Home Edition)

    I have a Sony VAIO with a 40gb HD partitioned into 15 and 40 GBs. The 15GB partition is Fat32. Can I make it NTFS without losing any data? TIA

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    Re: Fat32 to NTFS? (Home Edition)

    You sure can. You can use the built in command-line utility CONVERT or you can purchase Partition Magic, which can do that and more.

    Microsoft has an excellent article that you should read for all the gory details: How to Convert FAT Disks to NTFS. They will state that it is a one way street - and it is - unless, again, you have Partition Magic, which can convert back to FAT/FAT32.
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    Re: Fat32 to NTFS? (Home Edition)

    Mark,
    For the average user with a 20 gig HDD would you recommend converting to NTFS from FAT32 if your system is working just fine? In other words, is there any "real" benefits to converting in YOUR opinion?

    Thanks for your time,
    Jeff T. <img src=/S/confused.gif border=0 alt=confused width=15 height=20>

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    Re: Fat32 to NTFS? (Home Edition)

    Personally, I don't use NTFS at home for the most part. The reason for this is simply because if an NTFS partition "breaks" I can boot with a DOS floppy and make file system repairs. NTFS partitions are not accessible from DOS. I also have no need for the additional file-system features that NTFS brings to the table.

    That said, NTFS makes better use of the disk space you have. It requires more overhead as well. Converting an exsiting disk partition also leads to a fragmented MFT (Master File Table) which could actually degrade performance. In practice you are not likely to notice a performance difference between NTFS and FAT32, which makes the decision one of "features." If you would prefer to have a secure disk, NTFS is the way to go. If you don't need the features it provides - such as file-level access control (for sharing), quota management, integrated compression, fault tolerance, dynamic disks and some other things, it seems rather pointless to convert.

    At the office, I use NTFS exclusively, for those reasons: security. At home, I don't. I've never had a major problem with an NTFS disk, knock on wood - but in a pinch, I could always install the drive in a Windows 9x system and read the contents of the drive. That wouldn't be an option with NTFS (although you could attach it to any NT based PC and do the same thing).
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    Re: Fat32 to NTFS? (Home Edition)

    .......and NTFS can access FAT32 partitions, but not vice versa. If you are contemplating a dual boot arrangement with, say XP and 98SE, stick to FAT32.

    Rgds

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