Converting a raw partitioned space to a file system is necessary for an operating system, Windows in the case of the NTFS file system, to be able to access and manipulate the partitioned space. Partitioning allows for the operating system to read, write, enumerate and properly size hard drives for use within the system. Converting a raw partitioned space to NTFS is a simple procedure that any computer user can accomplish with a few mouse clicks.
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Locate your partition in Windows Explorer by clicking the "Start," then "Computer" buttons.
Right click the partition you wish to convert. This right click will bring up a context menu.
Click the "Format" heading on the context menu, and wait for a dialogue box to appear.
Select the NTFS option from the pull down menu under the "File System" heading.
Click the "Start" button from the bottom right corner of the window to begin the formatting process.
Verify the file system of the drive by right clicking it once, and selecting the "Properties" heading upon completion of the formatting process to ensure your partition is, in fact, formatted to NTFS.
Tips and warnings
- Though the FAT32 partition is available, it is very inefficient in comparison to the NTFS file system, and is only used for legacy drives and computers.
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