How to convert to NTFS without losing data?



How to convert to NTFS without losing data? Take hold of this writing, I was encouraged by the fact that until now many use outdated file system FAT32. This file system can be found even on a powerful new PC with Windows XP!

At present it is already an undeniable fact: the file system NTFS (New Technology File System) - one of the most successful and reliable among currently existing file systems. NTFS has not been able to find its niche because of the fact that for effective operation of its data structures required significant amounts of memory. Since the PC with 128 MB of RAM to have been simply unable to get at least a plus from using NTFS, her reputation for slow and cumbersome system. In fact this is not true - modern PC with memory of 256 MB and above receive a huge performance boost from using NTFS. As for performance, NTFS is not very effective for small sections of hard drives (up to 1 GB), but work with huge amounts of data and an impressive catalog is organized very effectively, and this gives the advantage of speed over other file systems.

The main advantage of NTFS - fault tolerance. Beach FAT32 - the so-called lost clusters, which are formed in abundance in the abnormally stopped operating. NTFS is not afraid of this, if any faults she regains its integrity and efficiency. If your operating system - Windows XP, then use any file system other than NTFS - so much to restrict its convenience and flexibility of the operating system. Windows XP is in NTFS like two parts of a whole - a lot of useful features of the operating system is directly tied to physical and logical structure of this file system and use FAT or FAT32 has meaning only for backward compatibility - if a PC with multiple operating systems, including those already outdated Windows 98 and ME.

  How to convert FAT32 to NTFS without losing data
One of the best programs for this - PartitionMagic 8.0 from PowerQuest Corporation. Install the program, run it, click Select the desired disc. Select the menu 11,111,112. Partition - Convert [/i] ... We put the switch NTFS - OK . Push-button Apply 11,111,113. . (If the version of PowerQuest PartitionMagic Russified, then everything is clear and simple: a user-friendly interface and intuitive user).

Convert FAT32 file system to NTFS without losing data can be performed by staff and the operating system, using a tool [i] convert.exe
(File System Conversion Utility): 11111112 button. Start - Run ... - Run - cmd - OK [/i] . This starts the command interpreter cmd.exe. Following the invitation of C: Documents and SettingsImya_polzovatelya> need to enter the command
  CONVERT volume:/FS: NTFS [/NoSecurity] [/X]
here
  Volume - defines the drive letter (followed by a colon),
  / FS: NTFS - the ultimate file system: NTFS.
  / NoSecurity - security settings for the converted files and folders will be available for all changes.
  / X - the forced removal of this volume (if it was connected). All open handles this volume will be unacceptable.
For example, if you want to convert drive C:, you will need to enter
  CONVERT C:/FS: NTFS/NoSecurity/X

  Notes
1. Since converting the file system is potentially dangerous (in case of any failures, for example, if you fail on diet, you may lose access to their files), if you do not feel prepared enough - see the specialists!
2. Warning Although the above methods allow you to convert FAT32 to NTFS without losing data, it is advisable to copy your data to other media.
3. The most ideal case - to convert to NTFS during installation (reinstall) Windows XP. This allows you to make the program to install the operating system.
4. If you do not know what file system use, the easiest way to find this: open Windows Explorer Windows ", by clicking on the My Computer icon. Right-click the icon on the local disk, from the shortcut menu, select "Properties." In the resulting Properties dialog box: Local Disk "on the General tab, specify the filesystem type.
5. Before converting it is recommended to close all open files and running programs.
6. After the conversion it is desirable to check the file system on the absence of errors and to defrag. To do this you need to perform the operations specified in Section 4. Open "Tools" tab, click "Check Now ..." In the dialog box "Check Disk: Local Disk" checkboxes "Automatically fix file system errors" and "Scan for and attempt recovery of bad sectors", click "Run." Efforts will be made (usually after the restart) check found errors will be corrected.
To defragment the need in the same Properties dialog box: Local Disk "click" Defragment ". In the dialog box Disk Defragmenter click "Defragment".

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