Not only is this question asked many times in the forums that I belong to, but is still asked my many new users who are confused on which format to use. Basically NTFS provides for increased security, file–by–file compression and encryption and has become the standard for all new computer systems. But wonder if your older system came with Fat32?

For those using Windows XP, the conversion process is normally painless. But anytime we mess with the operating system, some general rules should be applied. Make a backup of your important stuff first. Also it doesn’t hurt to make a restore point as well.

You can use Windows XP conversion tool: Go to Start | All Programs | Accessories | Command Prompt (or, from a Run box, type CMD)  to convert C:, give the command:

VOL C:

Then type:

CONVERT C: /FS:NTFS

[Note: Make sure you select the correct drive if your system has mutliple drives installed]

Comments welcome.

[tags]fate32, ntfs, convert, security, encryption, file, system,  [/tags]