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How To Convert FAT32 To NTFS

How do I convert a FAT32 hard drive to NTFS? This article will describe how to convert a FAT32 hard drive to NTFS. FAT32 and NTFS are file systems that may be used on a Microsoft Windows hard disk partitions. NTFS (New Technology File System) provides a number of improvements over FAT32 (File Allocation Table). Microsoft created NTFS to compensate for the features it felt FAT was lacking. These features include such things as increased fault tolerance and enhanced security.

To convert a drive to NTFS that already has data on it we need to go the the command line, to do this do the following:

  • Hold the Windows logo key down on your keyboard and then at the same time press the R key on your keyboard.
  • In the Run box type in cmd and then click Ok or press Enter on your keyboard, as illustrated below.

command line

  • In the DOS box type convert C: /FS:NTFS /v as illustrated below.


C: is the drive that you would like to convert to NTFS. The /v is used to verify if the conversion was successful or not. Keep in mind that if windows cannot use some resources because they are in use the conversion process will take place on the next system reboot.