murphyman 02:04 04 Aug 2006

i bought a new laptop, acer 3000 sprite. with windows xp sp2.
the system is formatted in fat32, it has a 40gig
hard drive partitioned.
my question is, how would i convert the file system to ntfs? any help appreciated

  .:?:. 03:03 04 Aug 2006

right click on the hard drive icon in explorer

go to Format

and select NTFS

I think I am right in saying that when you do this no data or settings are lost? But don't hold me up to this!!!

  FelixTCat 07:22 04 Aug 2006


DON'T DO THAT. Regrettably, you will lose the lot!

XP does include a conversion tool. See this article: click here

and this: click here

You can also use commercial tools such as Partition Magic.



  Eric10 09:16 04 Aug 2006

Follow the info in the links provided by FelixTCat to safely convert your drive to ntfs. The previous suggestion would not work on the C: drive anyway because Windows will not allow you to format the system drive from within Windows. If it did allow this then you would loose everything including the operating system itself.

  geewis357 11:06 04 Aug 2006

I converted my C: drive to NTFS using a command prompt, I have forgoten how but you do not loose any data or your OS. Once you have converted to NTFS you cannot go back without formating the C: drive

  murphyman 12:47 04 Aug 2006

thank you .:?:. felixtcat, eric 10,geewis357 for all your help, sorry for the delay in getting back.
thank you all once again. ger

  FelixTCat 12:50 04 Aug 2006


No probs. Pleased to help. Many people don't even come back at all to say thanks.

Best wishes,


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