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How to easily convert fat32 local disk to ntfs? Can I do it without formatting the local disk?

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you can, but you do have a backup, don't you? in case the poop is hitting the paddles. :) – Molly7244 Dec 10 '09 at 22:56
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From a command prompt, enter convert C: /fs:ntfs . You'll be asked to restart and the filesystem will be converted. I've never had data loss doing this (a dozen or so times), but make sure to backup first.

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restart is only necessary if the drive is locked by the OS. – Molly7244 Dec 10 '09 at 22:59
You're right. If it's the C: (or whatever drive windows is installed on) it'll be locked. – boden Dec 10 '09 at 23:01

Assuming you mean the C drive by local disk, open up command prompt and run:

convert C: /FS:NTFS

answer yes to the prompts and then reboot.

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FORMAT C:??? ah yes :) – Molly7244 Dec 10 '09 at 22:57

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