How to convert an existing FAT partition to NTFS

Sometimes you may need to convert an existing volume from FAT32 to NTFS file system, which provides better security, faster performance allows file compression et cetera.

There is a simple command-line tool that exists for such purpose called convert.

In order to convert one of your drives, click Start, then Run and type:

convert volume /fs:ntfs

where “volume” is a drive letter followed by colon, for example:

convert c: /fs:ntfs

If you are trying to convert a system drive, some files of which are being used by Windows, you may get the following message:

Convert cannot  run because the volume is in use by another process





In this case, press Y and let your PC reboot. Conversion will take place at next startup.


If you are converting a volume, that is not currently used by any processes, you’ll see it converted to NTFS file system.



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