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Windows XP supports two disk file systems: the file allocation table (FAT) file system and the NTFS file system. This article explains how to convert a FAT partition into an NTFS partition and discusses the considerations that you must take into account.
Windows XP includes the Convert.exe utility for converting a FAT partition to an NTFS partition. Convert.exe is simple to use, but there are some limitations that you should consider before using the utility.
You should consider the following limitations before you convert a FAT partition to NTFS:
NOTE: Although there is little chance for corruption or data loss during the conversion from FAT to NTFS, it is a good idea to perform a full backup of the data on the drive that it is to be converted before you run the convert command. Before you proceed, it is also a good idea to verify the integrity of the backup.
To convert a FAT partition to NTFS, follow these steps:
1. Click Start, click Run, type cmd, and then click OK.
2. At the command prompt, type CONVERT driveletter: /FS:NTFS.
3. Convert.exe attempts to convert the partition to NTFS.
While Convert is running, you may receive the following error message:
Convert cannot gain exclusive access to the driveletter:, so it cannot convert it now. Would you like to schedule it to be converted the next time the system restarts (Y/N)?
You receive this error message under any of the following three conditions:
Converting partition by convert.exe seems to be one solution for converting FAT to NTFS. However, the converting operations in this way are somehow difficult for common users since not all of them are computer experts. So an alternative which is easy to use is what they really need.
Fortunately, the updated version of EaseUS Partition Master is with two new features added: convert and explore partition.
The convert utility of this software allows users to convert FAT12/FAT16/FAT32 to NTFS without any data loss. Below is the screenshot of converting partition by this partition software:
From above, you will find that with user-friendly interface, EaseUS Partition Master convert partition easily and safely. Its operations are more convenient for common computer users.
Aside from converting partition, the most shining point of this partition software is resize/move partition without destroying your data. Furthermore, disk & partition copy utility allows users to backup their data before performing any operations. This is also useful for converting partition if you are afraid of any data loss because of accidental affairs.