Sunday, July 14, 2013

Convert FAT32 to NTFS Without Formatting or Losing Data©

Convert FAT32 to NTFS Without Formatting or Losing Data

Have you ever had an external hard drive that has FAT32 file system and you want 

to change it to NTFS, because FAT32 does not support handling large files 

(over 4GB) or it is just simply old for your taste but there is just one 

problem, you don't want to lose your saved data.

While it is recommended to use the NTFS file system because of its stability, 

security and lesser defragmentation time, most of us end up using FAT32 

because that is what most disks are preformatted with.

But sometimes we notice some messages like Not enough disk space error

but mst of us be afraid of losing important data so they don't format the USB.

But Microsoft was aware of this scenario, they added a capability in the 

command prompt to overcome this by executing a simple command. There are 

many software that support this too but the Convert command is one of the 

easiest ways to do so. 

JUST Follow the steps below to know how:-

1-Open start menu.

2-Type cmd in the search bar if you use Windows 7, Windows 8 or Windows 

Vista. If you use Windows XP, click on Run and then execute cmd

3-Execute "chkdsk h: /f " (without quotes) where H is the letter of the drive 

to undergo conversion. This checks the drive for errors and fixes them 


4- Execute "Convert H: /FS:NTFS" (without quotes). H is again the letter of 

the drive to be converted.

5-The command prompt will start the conversion process and after a few 

minutes, CMD will say that conversion was successful.

6-You can check it in the properties of the drive through right click<Properties.

Done!! his works on Windows 7, Windows XP, Windows 8 and Windows Vista.


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