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Convert Drives To NTFS Without Data Loss And Without Using Third Party Utility

NTFS offers security features like encryption and permissions, compression, and quotas. It’s typically faster and more reliable than FAT/FAT32, and supports drives up to 2 terabytes in size.
If Windows XP / Vista / Windows 7 is the only operating system on your computer, you should be using NTFS—no question.

The only compelling reason to use another filesystem is if you have a dual-boot setup with a very old version of Windows, in which case you’d need to choose a filesystem recognized by all operating systems on your computer. Click Here to know the supported filesystem for your operating system.

If you’ve upgraded your PC from an earlier version of Windows, there’s a chance you’re still using the FAT32 filesystem. Assuming you don’t need to keep FAT32 for compatibility with other operating systems, you should convert your drive to NTFS. The process is easy, relatively quick, and won’t harm your data (although you should back up beforehand just to be safe).

Windows (XP And Vista) provides the FAT to NTFS Conversion Utility (convert.exe) for this purpose. To convert drive C:, for example, just open a Command Prompt window (cmd.exe) and type:
convert c: /fs:ntfs
Include the /v option to run in “verbose” mode, which provides more information as it does its job.
To find out more information about Convert.exe:
Type convert /? for other, more esoteric options or use the traditional DOS help by following the below steps. Please remember: convert /? and help convert both commands are same.
  1. Click Start, click Run, type cmd, and then press ENTER. (In Windows Vista or Later, type cmd in start menu search box or choose All Programs -> Accessories - > Command Prompt.)
  2. In the command window, type help convert and then press ENTER. Information about converting FAT volumes to NTFS is made available as shown below.  
Important: Once you convert a drive or partition to NTFS, you cannot simply convert it back to FAT or FAT32. In some case, you will need to reformat the drive or partition which will erase all data, including programs and personal files, on the partition. If you need to convert an NTFS drive to FAT32 for some reason without data loss, you’ll need a third-party utility such as (recommended) Acronis Disk Director  or Partition Magic.

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