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How do you convert a 2000 system from FAT32 to NTFS without reinstalling the operating system or reformatting the hard drive?
 

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I'm pretty sure there's a utility for it, but I'd wait for more posts on this topic since I seem to remember hearing about a fault in the program that does the conversion.
 

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I don't recommend the Microsoft CONVERT utility, because you end up with an NTFS volume that has 512 byte clusters, and performance really sucks! Either do a backup, format to NTFS, restore, or use Partition Magic for the conversion.
 

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What? Just go to Start, run, cmd (enter, to start command line). type "convert :c (or your drive of choice) /FS:NTFS" , and hit enter. It will engage with a restart..the features will be there then that's what counts. :bandit:
Good luck...write back.:rolleyes:
 

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What? Just go to Start, run, cmd (enter, to start command line). type "convert :c (or your drive of choice) /FS:NTFS" , and hit enter. It will engage with a restart..the features will be there then that's what counts. :bandit:
Good luck...write back.:rolleyes:
Please read my previous post, my point obviously escaped you! :rolleyes: Microsoft's CONVERT has a large bug that results in tiny 512 byte clusters that greatly increases the overhead of the filesystem, as well as causes massive fragmentation very quickly. Performance of the new NTFS filesystem using the "simple" method sucks, that's why I SPECIFICALLY recommended against it!:hit:
 

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What is the 'preferred' cluster size, and does partition magic suggest this for you?

Any issues with doing this switch on Win2000 vs. XP?
 

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The preferred cluster size for NTFS is 4kb, that's what you'll get if you format a clean partition with W2K or WXP. When you run Partition Magic, they end up using the CONVERT utility, then you can resize the clusters with PM to 4kb.
 
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