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Monday, April 9, 2012

Windows Preloads/Reloads - FAT32 vs. NTFS

Some computer manufacturers released to manufacturing builds of Microsoft Windows XP that were preloaded with FAT32.  The preferred and standard file system is NTFS.  NTFS is a far more secure and capable file system. 

To confirm this, perform the following steps:
  1. On the Windows Desktop, double-click My Computer.

  2. Right-mouse click your primary boot partition - normally the C Drive and select Properties. 

  3. On the General Tab, confirm that the File System says FAT32.
To convert the FAT32 file system to an NTFS file system, please perform the following steps.  These steps assume the C Drive is the FAT32 partition that you wish to convert to NTFS.
  1. Click Start - Run.

  2. Type: cmd

  3. Click OK.

  4. Type: convert c: /fs:ntfs

  5. Hit Enter.

  6. Push Y to force dismount.

  7. Push Y to schedule conversion on system restart.

  8. Click Start - Shutdown - Restart and restart the computer.

  9. Allow the FAT32 to NTFS file system conversion to complete.
This issue has been resolved.

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