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    Can i convert to the ntsf file format without reinstalling xp

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    To convert a volume to NTFS from the command prompt
    Open Command Prompt.
    In the command prompt window, type
    convert drive_letter: /fs:ntfs

    For example, typing convert D: /fs:ntfs would format drive D: with the ntfs format.

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    To open command prompt, click Start, point to Programs, point to Accessories, and then click Command Prompt.
    You can convert FAT or FAT32 volumes to NTFS with this command.
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    how very coincidental, i just converted yestarday :D

    what you might want to do, is scandick/defrag/whateva you want to call it after, just to get it running smooth again :) - i found it sped up the comp a bit

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    its not recommended though...sorta bad for files

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    Quote Originally Posted by aznx
    its not recommended though...sorta bad for files

    In what way Aznx? In my training, I have NEVER experienced problems converting from FAT to NTFS. OK, maybe once..... but the power went out so that's why it failed :D
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    Thanks for all of the help everyone.:p :D

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    actually converting to NTFS is a lot better for security...eg: you can't delete log files...incase ya get hacked or nethin like that the hacker cannot delete those log files...also its got other advantages but im about to go & make tea....
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    Probably a stupid question, but as I'm not that big a windows buff. I discoverd this laptop I recently got isn't converted to NTSF yet. When I try and do this it gives me a warning however, which makes me VERY hesitant to go forward:

    Convert cannot run because the volume is in use by another process. Convert may run if the volume is dismounted first.
    ALL OPENED HANDLES TO THIS VOLUME WOULD THEN BE INVALID.
    Would you like to force a dismount on this volume?

    Uhm, somehow it doesn't sound save to dismount my only drive, the C drive. Or can this be done savely? Won't windows go kinda insane missing the actual drive where even Convert is running on?

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    i guess you didn't read Darthtanion's post carefully

    For example, typing convert D: /fs:ntfs would format drive D: with the ntfs format.
    if you convert your only drive...it will try to format it and i don't know how it will work out. i have never tried formatting my C: drive from windows itself. you can use partition magic to convert to NTFS without formatting your drive but i have heard that it can go wrong sometimes i.e. you might lose your data. so do anything after taking due care.
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    Thnx!

    I must admid I was mostly looking for a topic about this as it was also indicated on the guide about "WinXP Tweaking: From Reformat to Relax" and wasn't quite sure if I should ask it in that topic or this one. This one just seemed more on topic in regards to the question itself.

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