FAT 32 or NTFS

By Techsprog ยท 5 replies
Jan 19, 2006
  1. Hi All,
    I'm not sure if this is the right forum but here goes. I am contemplating changing my file sytem from FAT 32 to NTFS. (Windows XP Home) mainly to overcome the file size restriction in video editing. I have read the advice and recommendations on the Elder Geek's Web Site and taken it to heart. However, from experience, does anyone know of any problems in changing an existing FAT 32 system to NTFS when files are already loaded onto the hard disk. Hope this makes sense.

  2. Mictlantecuhtli

    Mictlantecuhtli TS Evangelist Posts: 4,345   +11

    You should be able to convert the partition(s) to NTFS without problems from command prompt by typing

    convert c: /FS:NTFS

    Of course, substitute c: with the partition you want to convert.
  3. kodrutz

    kodrutz TS Booster Posts: 110

    Just one thing - do not convert your windows boot partition to NTFS after windows has been installed, because it won't work after that!

    On the rest of the partitions, go for for it!

    Also, after the conversion, disable Disk indexing service.
  4. Techsprog

    Techsprog TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 17

    Thanks guys - your advice is noted and I intend to hang on for a while before going ahead with the conversion. Thanks again
  5. Nodsu

    Nodsu TS Rookie Posts: 5,837   +6

    It will work just fine. Well, unless you go converting your Windows 98 partiton :p
  6. howard_hopkinso

    howard_hopkinso TS Rookie Posts: 24,177   +19

    Look HERE for instructions on converting fat/fat32 to ntfs.

    I have done this several times, and have never had any problems.

    Ha ha. very funny Nodsu lol.

    Regards Howard :)
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