FAT to NTSF Formating
NTSF is by far superior than a FAT file system. I periodically get ask to convert Windows 98 or an older version of XP without wiping the hard drive and starting over.
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)? Press Y and exit out of the command prompt, then reboot the computer.
Left click on the image below to see what you will see on the monitor.