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Sunday, October 21, 2012

Converting FAT32 to NTFS in Win7 Vista XP

I hit a terrible problem recently, but the good news is that I solved it successfully by myself with some help from internet. My story may be a little long but it is worthy of your time. I wish to share this experience with those people who may encounter the same problem in the future. Generally speaking, my story is about converting FAT32 to NTFS in Win7. 

Somebody may think it is easy to convert FAT32 to NTFS. For example, If you want to convert drive E (E :), you only need to enter the command "vol e:" in the command window and find the volume label for the E: partition. Then enter the command "convert e: /fs:ntfs" to convert the E: partition from FAT32 to NTFS. However, on one hand, not everyone knows this way to convert FAT32 to NTFS in Win7, Vista or XP. On the other hand, even someone knows this way, the operation is also very difficult for common users because they don’t do such a thing usually. Moreover, most of us cannot ensure that the important data won’t get lost after converting. below is my experience.

I have a 500 GB 2.5-inch external hard drive. Yesterday I backup up about 300 GB of data and when I tried to back up a file which is about 10 GB, the drive was formatted to FAT32. I didn’t copy the 300 GB data again because I thought I will convert it soon. However, when I tried to convert it in Win7 by means of committing convert i: /fs:ntfs in cmd mode, but the Windows shows "convert is not available for raw drive"! Then I open up the Disk Management and also its properties, both showed the drive is FAT 32. I don’t know why the Windows shows it is raw drive because I still can read from it, write to it and do everything else except converting it.

When I felt almost frustrated, I thought perhaps I could get some help from internet. Aha, it is really a good idea. I found there are many solutions for such a problem. I also realized some software such as EaseUS Partition Master Home Edition and MiniTool Partition Wizard can help me solve the problem. There are also many other similar software and I won’t list them here one by one.

The features of this kind of software are similar. I used partition software to solve my problem successfully. This software also enables users to resize, copy, explore, create, delete, format partition, etc. You can convert FAT32 to NTFS in Wind7, Vista Wind XP effectively and safely with this software. What is more, this software is absolutely free, with which you can convert FAT32 partition without any data loss. This kind of software is also very easy to use; you can accomplish the whole converting process with a few simple clicks.

The software enables you to recover files from corrupted memory card, unrecognized SD card with RAW, corrupted CF card, flash drive, external hard drive, etc.


Although these software ensure users that they can convert FAT32 to NTFs without any data loss, you had better backup the original data before converting.

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