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Convert external hard drive to NTFS

  1. #1


    Ken Guest

    Convert external hard drive to NTFS

    I have a Western Digital external hard drive formated in the FAT32 filing
    system. I want to convert it to the NTFS system so that I can back up my
    entire C drive which is running Vista. What is the procedure? WD support
    refers me only to the XP procedure.
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    Ken E

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  3. #2


    R. C. White Guest

    Re: Convert external hard drive to NTFS

    Hi, Ken.

    Unless there's something on the drive that you want to keep, don't bother to
    "convert" it. Just use Vista's Disk Management to format it NTFS. This
    will wipe out everything on the drive, so it's not the way to go if this is
    a drive that you've been using where you have something valuable. If
    there's only a small amount of data there, you might want to copy it or back
    it up first, then format the drive and then move the saved data back onto
    it. This may or may not be quicker and easier than using the Convert.exe
    command.

    The full details for using the Convert.exe command are in Help and Support.
    Just click Start | Help and Support, then type "convert" into the Search
    box. The 3rd item there is "Convert a hard disk or partition to NTFS
    format". The short version: If that drive is Drive X:, just Run:
    convert X: /fcntfs

    It's that easy - and it's quick. ;<)

    The convert procedure is the same in Vista as in WinXP. I'm disappointed
    that WD tech support did not know that.

    If you have questions after reading the Help file, please post back.

    RC
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    "Ken" <Ken@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    news:EF54918F-288A-4277-A97F-E3E9E5755357@microsoft.com...
    >I have a Western Digital external hard drive formated in the FAT32 filing
    > system. I want to convert it to the NTFS system so that I can back up my
    > entire C drive which is running Vista. What is the procedure? WD support
    > refers me only to the XP procedure.
    > --
    > Ken E



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  4. #3


    R. C. White Guest

    Re: Convert external hard drive to NTFS

    Whoops!

    TYPO Alert!

    That's an "S" - Plus a colon - not a "C" in this line:

    convert X: /fs:ntfs

    RC
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    R. C. White, CPA
    San Marcos, TX
    rc@grandecom.net
    Microsoft Windows MVP
    (Running Windows Live Mail beta in Vista Ultimate x64)

    "R. C. White" <rc@grandecom.net> wrote in message
    news:A8B8D6E9-C48F-445A-8027-52682D00F686@microsoft.com...
    > Hi, Ken.
    >
    > Unless there's something on the drive that you want to keep, don't bother
    > to "convert" it. Just use Vista's Disk Management to format it NTFS.
    > This will wipe out everything on the drive, so it's not the way to go if
    > this is a drive that you've been using where you have something valuable.
    > If there's only a small amount of data there, you might want to copy it or
    > back it up first, then format the drive and then move the saved data back
    > onto it. This may or may not be quicker and easier than using the
    > Convert.exe command.
    >
    > The full details for using the Convert.exe command are in Help and
    > Support. Just click Start | Help and Support, then type "convert" into the
    > Search box. The 3rd item there is "Convert a hard disk or partition to
    > NTFS format". The short version: If that drive is Drive X:, just Run:
    > convert X: /fcntfs
    >
    > It's that easy - and it's quick. ;<)
    >
    > The convert procedure is the same in Vista as in WinXP. I'm disappointed
    > that WD tech support did not know that.
    >
    > If you have questions after reading the Help file, please post back.
    >
    > RC
    >
    > "Ken" <Ken@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    > news:EF54918F-288A-4277-A97F-E3E9E5755357@microsoft.com...
    >>I have a Western Digital external hard drive formated in the FAT32 filing
    >> system. I want to convert it to the NTFS system so that I can back up my
    >> entire C drive which is running Vista. What is the procedure? WD
    >> support
    >> refers me only to the XP procedure.
    >> --
    >> Ken E



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  5. #4


    Bruce Chambers Guest

    Re: Convert external hard drive to NTFS

    Ken wrote:
    > I have a Western Digital external hard drive formated in the FAT32 filing
    > system. I want to convert it to the NTFS system so that I can back up my
    > entire C drive which is running Vista. What is the procedure? WD support
    > refers me only to the XP procedure.



    You can safely convert your current hard drive to NTFS whenever
    desired, without having to format the partition and reinstall
    everything. As always when performing any serious changes, back up any
    important data before proceeding, just in case. A little advance
    preparation is also strongly recommended, so you can avoid any
    performance hits caused by the default cluster size:

    Converting FAT32 to NTFS in Windows
    http://www.aumha.org/a/ntfscvt.htm



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