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conversion of fat32 to ntfs


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babyfaceassassin

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i got windows xp mce. i got two primary partition. the one is C: and one is E:. the E is already translated to ntfs. im trying to convert c as well but for whatever reason i cant make it to. when i try to convert it, it will tell me that the conversion cannot run becoz it is in use by another process and ask me if i want to force dismount this volume so i click y for yes, it will say i cannot convert it now and will ask me if i want to schedule it next time windows restarts. and click yes and i will restart my pc. then while restart it starts converting it but after the conversion and i log in it is still fat32. whats wrong?? thanks in advance
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This may occur if the drive is full.
Remove some stuff and try again.
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Although NTFS New technology File system is in many ways more efficient than FAT32 I would if everything is working OK
URGE CAUTION.
Once you convert to NTFS you CANNOIT go back, except with a format and reinstall
Before you start to convert a FAT or FAT32 volume to NTFS, please consider the following limitations and requirements:

* UDF and CDfs file systems are only used with optical media and cannot be converted to NTFS.
* FAT12 is the only format used on floppy diskettes (as if these are used anymore ). This does not apply to a USB flash key though.
* The conversion to NTFS is a one-way process. After you convert a drive or a partition to NTFS, you cannot convert it back to FAT or to FAT32 unless you format it again as FAT or FAT32.
* The convert command requires that you have enough free space on the drive or on the partition that you want to convert to be able to convert it. If Convert.exe determines that there is not sufficient free space on the volume, it will not convert the volume.
* If the files are being used on the volume that you are trying to convert, then you will be prompted with:

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

o Quit all the programs that are using the files on the drive, and then type Y at the command prompt to convert the drive to NTFS.
* If the drive or partition volume that you are trying to convert is in use, then you will be prompted with:

"Convert cannot gain exclusive access to the drive letter drive, so it cannot convert it now. Would you like to schedule it to be converted the next time the system restarts? <Y/N>"

o To resolve this issue, type Y at the command prompt. The volume or drive will be converted to NTFS the next time that you restart the computer.

warning Warning
Although the chance of corruption or data loss during the conversion is minimal, it is recommended that you backup any data that you do not want to lose on the volume that you want to convert before you start the conversion to be extra safe.


The only way to convert a NTFS disk back to a FAT or FAT32 disk is to format the disk.

You will only be able to format a volume/partition or disk as FAT32 if it's no larger than 32 GB (32728 MB).

Edited by Macboatmaster, 27 January 2011 - 05:05 PM.

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thanks neil jones and macboatmaster i already did disk clean up and defrag my drive and now got 41% free space but still it cant convert to ntfs. any other solution???
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Here is HOW - but I repeat my warning.

http://www.aumha.org...5/a/ntfscvt.php
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