Changing file system for the primary partition

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  1. massaroco

    massaroco Registered Member

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    I bought a laptop containing WinXP but the installed OS was done on a primary partition formatted with FAT32 file system. Can I use Acronis Disk Director Suite 10 to change this into NTFS? An idea I had was to create a new partition, copy the C primary partition to the new unallocated space, format C using NTFS system and copying back the previous primary partition into the new NTFS one. Is it possible to do this (or any other way of doing it) ? I'm afraid that having formatted the partition with NTFS I'll not be able to copy the FAT32 onto it.
    Thanks anybody for the help.
     
  2. urie

    urie Registered Member

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    To convert a volume to NTFS from the command prompt
    
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    Open Command Prompt. Click Start, point to All Programs, point to Accessories, and then click Command Prompt.
    
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    In the command prompt window, type: convert drive_letter: /fs:ntfs 
    
    For example, typing convert D: /fs:ntfs would format drive D: with the ntfs format. 
    You can convert FAT or FAT32 volumes to NTFS with this command.
    
    Important  Once you convert a drive or partition to NTFS, you cannot simply convert it back to FAT or FAT32. 
    You will need to reformat the drive or partition which will erase all data, including programs and personal files, on the partition.
     
  3. massaroco

    massaroco Registered Member

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    Thanks! It worked fine! The OS needed exclusive use of the partition (which was the one that contained it), so it asked if I wanted to set it off for the next restart: I did it, then it took only a short time to do the conversion and when rebooted everything was ok.
    Amazing, after so many years looking at computers and OSs, including XP it was the first time I ever heard of such a command...
    Again, thanks a lot!
     
  4. Acronis Support

    Acronis Support Acronis Support Staff

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    Hello massaroco,

    Thank you for your interest in Acronis Partition and Disk Managing Software.

    Please accept our apologies for the delay with the response.

    Please also take a look at this previous post of mine describing how to convert an NTFS partition into FAT32 and vise versa by means of Acronis Disk Director Suite 10.0.

    Thank you.
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    Kirill Omelchenko
     
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