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Problems converting to NTFS

Discussion in 'All other topics' started by timmy293, Jan 18, 2005.

  1. timmy293

    timmy293 Member

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    Hello every1,

    im trying to convert my file system to NTFS from FAT32

    i go to the command prompt and type convert c:/fs:ntfs
    and get the following message:

    'convert' is not recognized as an internal or external command, operable program or batch file.

    ive searched about for help, but cant find anything that helps.

    any comment would be much appreciated.

    thanks timmy
     
  2. Veblin

    Veblin Active member

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    Are you using Windows XP/2000/NT?
    Windows 95/98/ME cannot use NTFS file system drives and so do not have a convert program.
     
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  3. timmy293

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    sorry about that,

    im using windows xp

    thanks timmy
     
  4. CJC

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    Hey

    You need to have a space between C: and the /

    Like
    Convert C: /fs:ntfs

    CJC
     
  5. Veblin

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    Good eye sight there CJC.

    Other things to know.

    You need free space on the drive you want to convert. Probably at least 20% free space minimum.

    You should defragment the drive before converting.

    You should do a complete error check on the drive with all options checked before converting.
     
  6. timmy293

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    I have tried with the space in as pointed out earlier,
    and also have space free, but still get eh same message.

    any more help???
     
  7. Jeanc1

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    Click START --> Search -- For Files or Folders -- Type in Convert.exe -> Click Search. You should find in Drive letter\windows\system32\convert.exe it should also show up in ..\windows\system32\dllcache !

    If it ai'nt there , google your way to convert.exe , it's a 14Kb file that you must have in order to convert Fat32 to NTFS -- !
     
  8. timmy293

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    Thanks again,

    ive checked it, and its definitely there, same size

    file 14kb.

    i tried clicking it and an msdos pops up then goes

    back off straight away.

    Anything else??

    Thanks timmy
     
  9. Jeanc1

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    In the same System32 folder you will find cmd.exe -- if you click that it will bring the MS-DOS window !

    Paste in --> convert c: /fs:ntfs

    then hit ENTER.

    Good Luck !

    Is your C: drive the one that has your Operating system on ? Is XP installed on that drive ?
    If that's the case, you should not convert the drive using the operating system ! -- instead you should do a complete reformat and start from scratch.
     
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