Windows 7 Forums
Welcome to Windows 7 Forums. Our forum is dedicated to helping you find support and solutions for any problems regarding your Windows 7 PC be it Dell, HP, Acer, Asus or a custom build. We also provide an extensive Windows 7 tutorial section that covers a wide range of tips and tricks.

Windows 7: Converting FAT32 to NTFS

04 Mar 2013   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
Converting FAT32 to NTFS

this is from Microsoft help page concerning conversion from FAT 32 to NTFS:
LINK: Convert a hard disk or partition to NTFS format
Close any open programs running on the partition or logical drive to be converted.
Click the Start button , click All Programs, click Accessories, right-click Command Prompt, and then click Run as administrator. If you are prompted for an administrator password or confirmation, type the password or provide confirmation.
In the Command Prompt window, type convert drive_letter: /fs:ntfs, where drive_letter is the letter of the drive you want to convert, and then press ENTER. For example, convert E: /fs:ntfs would convert drive E to the NTFS format.

Type the name of the volume you want to convert, and then press ENTER. To view the available volumes, click the Start button , and then click Computer. The volumes are listed under Hard Disk Drives.
If the partition you are converting contains system files—which would be the case if you are converting your entire hard disk—you will need to restart your computer for the conversion to take place. If your disk is almost full, the conversion process might not succeed. If you receive an error, try deleting unnecessary files, or back up files to another location, to free up disk space.

I have a Transcend external HDD and want to convert it to NTFS but it got films and music on it and I don't want to loose it.
Is the above procedure fool proof?
My System SpecsSystem Spec
04 Mar 2013   #2
Microsoft MVP

Windows 10 Pro x64 ; Xubuntu x64

I would rather use this guide instead:
Convert FAT or FAT32 Volume to NTFS
My System SpecsSystem Spec
04 Mar 2013   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

Thanks, will give it a try
I checked it out seems is so complicated...Is it over explained or what?
I understand the Microsoft version much better.
I am afraid I will make some boo boo and wonder if much of the info applies to me?

I am converting an entire HDD of 698 GB, with 300 GB of files...
My System SpecsSystem Spec

04 Mar 2013   #4
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1

No, it is not over explained but detailed so users do the correct steps in the correst order, I advise you to print them out to make it easier. It looks like your quote from MS is the same method.
My System SpecsSystem Spec

Thread Tools

Similar help and support threads
Thread Forum
should i format my newly bought Sandisk cruzer blade 8gb pendrive using NTFS or leave it to the default FAT32? What i'm looking for is higher write speeds, as its only 4mb/s. I did find that one could store indivisual files exceeding 4GB only using NTFS, but i have no such requirements. Also is...
Hardware & Devices
problem converting fat32 to ntfs on xp drive
Yeah, i know xp is ancient and this is a win7 forum, but i'm on my phone and kind of desperate for help, so feel free to cyberkick me in the sack. Anyway, i defragged this old xp drive with 9g free and tried to convert from fat32 to ntfs using the win convert utility. When it had finished, with...
General Discussion
converting from FAT32 to NTFS
Hi guys , what's the best way to convert my external HD from FAT32 to NTFS without losing my data ? :confused:
Hardware & Devices
Ok so i need my drive for a backup now and then and download torrents of movies and tv shows do u think i should leave the drive as ntfs or format to fat32?
General Discussion
Hi everyone, I have just bought a extenal HDD to load media on for use with my PS3,the only problem is i need to format it to FAT32.Available software does not seem to be compatable apart from Easeus partition master,the only problem with this is that i cannot put large HD files on it. I have...
Hardware & Devices

Our Sites

Site Links

About Us

Find Us

Windows 7 Forums is an independent web site and has not been authorized, sponsored, or otherwise approved by Microsoft Corporation. "Windows 7" and related materials are trademarks of Microsoft Corp.

© Designer Media Ltd

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 01:23.
Twitter Facebook