Converting from FAT32 to NTFS


J

John Wolf

Have any of you ever tried this? If so what was the end result? I have my
Mac Boot Camp partition in the FAT32 format. Unfortunately I cannot move the
partition to a new and larger hard drive without it being in the NTFS format
As WinClone will not recognize FAT32. I fear incompatibility with some apps
after the conversion as is common on Windows operating systems. Thanks..

http://www.ntfs.com/quest3.htm

Convert FAT to NTFS

Q: Is it possible to convert a FAT32 Hard Drive to NTFS without losing all
data on the drive? I like to change from FAT32 to NTFS, my operating system
is Windows XP PRO, how can I do that? Without the lost of my programs?

A: Standard Windows utility that is called CONVERT serves this purpose

Just go to the Command Prompt and execute the command:

C:\> CONVERT C: /fs:ntfs
Where C: is a name of the drive you want to convert.

After machine re-boot conversion process will start and you'll have your
FAT32 converted to NTFS without of data loss.
 
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R

Rob

Have any of you ever tried this? If so what was the end result? I have my
Mac Boot Camp partition in the FAT32 format. Unfortunately I cannot move the
partition to a new and larger hard drive without it being in the NTFS format
As WinClone will not recognize FAT32. I fear incompatibility with some apps
after the conversion as is common on Windows operating systems. Thanks..

http://www.ntfs.com/quest3.htm

Convert FAT to NTFS

Q: Is it possible to convert a FAT32 Hard Drive to NTFS without losing all
data on the drive? I like to change from FAT32 to NTFS, my operating system
is Windows XP PRO, how can I do that? Without the lost of my programs?

A: Standard Windows utility that is called CONVERT serves this purpose

Just go to the Command Prompt and execute the command:

C:\> CONVERT C: /fs:ntfs
Where C: is a name of the drive you want to convert.

After machine re-boot conversion process will start and you'll have your
FAT32 converted to NTFS without of data loss.
Yes, I've used CONVERT without issue. However, I did backup
all my files elsewhere first and *strongly* suggest you do the same;
If the power goes down during the conversion, you will lose the
lot, for instance.
I would not attempt to convert a boot partition holding the OS, only
a data partition.
HTH
 
M

Mayayana

On Windows:
The conversion works fine, but it's not reversible.
Once you've done it you have permissions/restrictions
issues to deal with. For some people that's a good thing.
For others it's unnecessary complexity.

But that's really a question for a Mac forum. If you're
going to install Windows into MacOS you're at the mercy
of Apple (and the limited software selection available to
Mac fans).


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| Have any of you ever tried this? If so what was the end result? I have my
| Mac Boot Camp partition in the FAT32 format. Unfortunately I cannot move
the
| partition to a new and larger hard drive without it being in the NTFS
format
| As WinClone will not recognize FAT32. I fear incompatibility with some
apps
| after the conversion as is common on Windows operating systems. Thanks..
|
| http://www.ntfs.com/quest3.htm
|
| Convert FAT to NTFS
|
| Q: Is it possible to convert a FAT32 Hard Drive to NTFS without losing all
| data on the drive? I like to change from FAT32 to NTFS, my operating
system
| is Windows XP PRO, how can I do that? Without the lost of my programs?
|
| A: Standard Windows utility that is called CONVERT serves this purpose
|
| Just go to the Command Prompt and execute the command:
|
| C:\> CONVERT C: /fs:ntfs
| Where C: is a name of the drive you want to convert.
|
| After machine re-boot conversion process will start and you'll have your
| FAT32 converted to NTFS without of data loss.
|
|
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P

Paul

John said:
Have any of you ever tried this? If so what was the end result? I have my
Mac Boot Camp partition in the FAT32 format. Unfortunately I cannot move the
partition to a new and larger hard drive without it being in the NTFS format
As WinClone will not recognize FAT32. I fear incompatibility with some apps
after the conversion as is common on Windows operating systems. Thanks..

http://www.ntfs.com/quest3.htm

Convert FAT to NTFS

Q: Is it possible to convert a FAT32 Hard Drive to NTFS without losing all
data on the drive? I like to change from FAT32 to NTFS, my operating system
is Windows XP PRO, how can I do that? Without the lost of my programs?

A: Standard Windows utility that is called CONVERT serves this purpose

Just go to the Command Prompt and execute the command:

C:\> CONVERT C: /fs:ntfs
Where C: is a name of the drive you want to convert.

After machine re-boot conversion process will start and you'll have your
FAT32 converted to NTFS without of data loss.

Are you sure there isn't some other recipe for doing that ?
Copying the disk I mean.

http://www.macworld.com/article/136529/2008/11/backupbootcamp.html

http://www.subrosasoft.com/OSXSoftware/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=7

I'd look for a method that doesn't require bending over
backwards on your part.

*******

CONVERT works, but may give you a less than optimal NTFS setup.

http://aumha.org/win5/a/ntfscvt.php

"CONVERT.EXE, finding it cannot use 4K clusters, gives up and makes
the clusters only 512 bytes (one half KB) instead."

That may have a performance impact. The system still works, but
read/write to the NTFS partition may be slower than you'd like.

When doing the conversion, you'd also like the volume to not be
close to full. Conversions of any type, may involve more or
less file or directory information, and if the volume is close
to full, problems could result. There should be some slack on
there. (Backup before conversion is a good idea.) If I had
a partition that was 50% full, and I was screwing around like
that, I'd be less concerned. If it was 95% full, I'd think twice.

HTH,
Paul
 

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