April 30th, 2004, 12:49 PM
Windows 2000 running FAT32
I have a windows 2000 computer running on a FAT32 file system. I was told after i installed it that it was supposed to run on a NTFS. I am not sure if it will cause any problems or major proformence issues. It doesnt have a drive converter on the computer. I was wondering if thaving it as a FAT would not be good and if it would be worth it to reinstall windows or if there is a way to convert without reinstalling. I dont really want to reinstall.
April 30th, 2004, 01:22 PM
The advantages of NTFS over FAT are numerous. Here is a Microsoft introduction to the different file systems.
Converting a drive from FAT to NTFS is easy and won't make you lose any data.
On a command prompt (Start --> Run --> cmd), type
where C is your hard drive. fs obviously stands for file system.
convert C: /fs:ntfs
April 30th, 2004, 01:22 PM
AFAIK the only reason you would run Win2k on a FAT partition is if you were using other operating systems that cannot see NTFS.
NTFS is supposed to be more efficient and secure, or so I have read. It is designed for NT based OSes anyway.
I don't think that you can convert FAT32 to NTFS, except perhaps with some third party software. I don't think I would want to go that way, even if it were possible, a re-install onto an NTFS partition would be a lot cleaner, although a bit of a pain.
Just my thoughts
EDIT: Thanks Negative, I did not realise it was that easy!..............you live and learn
Thinking about it a bit more you might want to do that if you were upgrading from 9x to XP?
April 30th, 2004, 01:23 PM
Leaving the drive Fat patitioned should not cause any perfomance issues that i am aware of. You could have a look at Microsoft Support to see if there are any issues.
However the NTFS file system is a more secure system than fat 32. You should consider converting for that reason if nothing ell's.
I have not used win 2000 very much but i think as with Xp you can use the convert utilty.
If you open a command prompt. Start>>run>>type cmd>>click ok.
Then type: convert [drive letter]:/FS:NTFS
This will start the convert utilty and change your drive to ntfs.
Edit. i just checked you can convert win 2000 to ntfs. Have a look at the link for the full info.
Bugger, the two above beat me to it
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February 1st, 2005, 12:16 AM
dude go for it. the only performace problem that it might cause you is that it would better you os
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February 1st, 2005, 12:37 AM
I hope he already went for it since he asked about it ten months ago...