How to change a file system from udf to NTFS in vista

Written by jim campbell
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The NTFS file system allows you to use the Windows operating system with security features such as file and folder sharing. Windows has a conversion tool you can use to convert a file system to the NTFS file system. This conversion tool is a part of the installation process, but you can also use it to convert the hard drive before you install Windows.

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  1. 1

    Click the Windows "Start" button. Type "cmd" in the text box and press "Enter." The "cmd" word opens the windows command line on any Windows computer.

  2. 2

    Type the following syntax in your command line prompt:

    convert c: /fs:ntfs

    This command converts the "C" drive to the NTFS file system. The C drive is typically your main Windows system drive, but you can replace the "C" letter with any drive letter.

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    Press "Enter" to run the conversion. Press "y" to confirm that you want to convert your file system. Conversion takes several minutes, and you must reboot after the conversion completes.

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