05 December, 2011

by on 05 December, 2011

Convert Filesystem Of Harddisk From FAT32 To NTFS

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You must have come across the things like File system of your hard disk or any other storage media, mostly when you want to format your device. Though the main function of all filesystems is the same, there are advantages and disadvantages with each File System and most important is the compatibility issue arises with it when you have different operating system installed.You can also face incompatible hard disk partition problem.
         While there are lots of filesystems out there, i am compared here the most famous and widely used for Windows, FAT32 and NTFS.
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Hard disk filesystem

About the Filesystems


FAT32 (File Allocation Table) used to be the default filesystem for many of the older,
non-NT versions of Windows, such as Windows 95, 98, and ME. The original FAT specification was introduced in 1980, while the compatible FAT32 specification was introduced in 1996. More recently, an incompatible exFAT specification has been introduced that is meant to replace the use of the old FAT.


NTFS ( New Technology File System) was introduced in 1993, but has received many improvements over the years along with newer operating systems. While it is not used for removable storage, it is the best choice for hard drives because of the many features that it offers. The only reason NTFS is not used on removable storage is because it generates a lot of write operations to keep track of. Removing the storage device before those writes complete could potentially corrupt the data on the storage device.


So which is better for you? Unlike FAT32, NTFS is a journaling filesystem. The “journal” keeps track of changes before they actually happen, so in case the system crashes in the middle of a disc operation, disks with journaling filesystems are easier to recover.
NTFS also includes improved support for metadata; it uses advanced data structures to improve performance, reliability, and disk space utilization, and includes security access control lists.
NTFS is also capable of holding files larger than 4GB, and larger partitions can be created with NTFS instead of FAT32. FAT32 is relatively simple, and doesn’t do much for the user except hold files and some metadata.

How to Reformat or Convert your Hard Drive

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So how can you convert your hard drive to NTFS? There are three different ways you can do this.
First, you can go into Computer/My Computer, right click on the drive you want to reformat and click on Format. BUT before this you have to take backup of all your data.Change whatever settings you would like as long as you have NTFS selected as the filesystem, and hit Format.
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Manage storage devices
You can also do the same with Manage function of your PC. First right click on My Computer and click on Manage. Then, in the open window, click on Disk Management under Storage in the left pane, and wait for the service to load. From here, you can shrink, grow, delete, and reformat your partitions as you wish. Just remember to choose NTFS when you do.
Finally, you can use many free software to do the partitioning.  From there you’ll have a lot of partitioning options to choose from. 

1.   Parted Magic Live CD
Parted Magic is a bootable ISO CD image that combines the partition management features of GParted with an array of other open source system tools that enable you to test your memory (RAM), benchmark your PC, clone your hard drives, securely wipe your hard disk, copy or move drive content and more.

2. MiniTool Partition Wizard (Home)

MiniTool Partition Wizard (Home) enables you to configure and manage disk partitions on your hard drive(s). You can easily resize, move, delete or format selected partitions. In case you don`t have enough free disk space to create a new partition, you can reduce the size of an existing partition and use the unallocated disk space to create new or enlarged partitions. 

  3. EaseUS Partition Master  

EaseUS Partition Master (Home Edition) enables you to configure and manage   partitions on your hard drive(s). You can delete or format, and also resize and move your partitions. If you do not have any free disk space you can reduce the size of an existing partition, and use the unallocated disk space to create new or enlarged partitions to better manage your data.


Choosing the right filesystem is important for optimal functionality. NTFS is  great choice for permanent storage devices that should let you use your computer to the fullest. In addition to the benefits of NTFS, many various operating systems including Mac OS X and Linux can work with NTFS.
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