How To Convert FAT32 to NTFS

Today I got problem when try to copy some DVD images from the server to my external drive. I just forgot that FAT32 partition couldn’t hold the file which has size greater than 4GB. My PenDrive Sense formated using FAT32 partition. So today I must changed the partition into NTFS format. But since I’ve put a lot of data in the drive, I must find the way to format the partition without loosing the existing data. After Googling for a while, I’ve found the way to convert my existing FAT32 partition into NTFS format. Here the steps I did this afternoon :

  1. Using Ms DOS, I executed the command convert. See the following example :

  2. Since the converting process stoped because system found the problem in the file system, I must run the chkdisk first before retry the converting process. See the following example :

  3. After the chkdisk process completed, I repeat the converting process. System will ask volume label and confirm to force dismount the disk before convert the file system. See the following example :

Conclusions
To convert the file system from FAT32 to NTFS under Windows, simple run this command :

convert F: /fs:ntfs

With f: is the target drive. If system found problem in the file system, you must run the check disk first using this command :

chkdsk /F F:\

As simple like that.

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