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NTFS stands for New Technology File System, you'll see it a lot with Windows XP, it's just the file system that your computer can use. Technician's prefer it to FAT 32 because it is more secure.

Here are some links so you can read all about NT File Systems:
http://www.aumha.org/win5/a/ntfs.php

http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/using/setup/expert/russel_october01.mspx

Posted on Feb 03, 2009

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I need to replace the (failed) HD with a Seagate 80GB which is currently formatted FAT32. Is this OK or do I need to reformat as NTFS? Using WinXP


I'd use NTFS but you can make up your own mind here....

http://www.microsoft.com/resources/documentation/windows/xp/all/proddocs/en-us/choosing_between_ntfs_fat_and_fat32.mspx?mfr=true

If you have old computers that need to access files on yours go FAT or FAT32. If you intend to or would like to add huge hard drives in the future (over 2 TB) go NTFS.

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Ensure that Windows XP is utilizing the NTFS file system. If you're not sure, here's how to check: First, double-click the My Computer icon, right-click on the C: Drive, then select Properties. Next, examine the File System type; if it says FAT32, then back-up any important data. Next, click Start, click Run, type CMD, and then click OK. At the prompt, type CONVERT C: /FS:NTFS and press the Enter key. This process may take a while; it's important that the computer be uninterrupted and virus-free. The file system used by the boot-able drive will be either FAT32 or NTFS. I highly recommend NTFS for its superior security, reliability, and efficiency with larger disk drives.

on Oct 04, 2010 | PC Desktops

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How to use file compration in winxp


How To Use File Compression In Windows Xp
How To Use File Compression in Windows XP
Article ID : 307987
Last Review : July 15, 2004
Revision : 1.1
This article was previously published under Q307987
IN THIS TASK
• SUMMARY

• NTFS Compression
• Compressing an NTFS Volume
• Compressing Files or Folders on NTFS Volume
• Displaying Compressed Files in Color
• REFERENCES
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SUMMARY SUMMARY
REFERENCES REFERENCES
SUMMARY
Compressing files, folders, and programs decreases their size and reduces the amount of space they use on your volumes or removable storage devices. Volume compression decreases the amount of space that is used by all of the files and folders that are stored on that volume. Because of a potential loss of performance, you may not want to compress some files.
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NTFS Compression
NTFS compression is available on volumes that use the NTFS file system, and NTFS compression has the following features and limitations:
• You can use NTFS compression to compress individual files and folders, as well as an entire NTFS volume.
• You can compress a folder without compressing its contents.
• You can work with NTFS-compressed files without decompressing them, because they are decompressed and recompressed without user intervention.
• You can display NTFS-compressed file and folder names in a different color to make them easier to identify.
• You may notice a decrease in performance when you work with NTFS-compressed files. When you open a compressed file, Windows automatically decompresses it for you, and when you close the file, Windows compresses it again. This process may decrease your computer performance.
• NTFS-compressed files and folders only remain compressed while they are stored on an NTFS Volume.
• You cannot encrypt an NTFS-compressed file.

Compressing an NTFS Volume
You must be logged on as an administrator or a member of the Administrators group to complete this procedure. If your computer is connected to a network, network policy settings may also prevent you from completing this procedure. To compressing an NTFS volume:
1. Click Start, then click My Computer.
2. Right-click the volume you want to compress, and then click Properties.
3. On the General tab, click to select the Compress Volume to save disk space check box, and then click OK.
4. In Confirm Attribute Changes, click the option you want.

Compressing Files or Folders on NTFS Volume
To compress a file or folder:
1. Click Start, and then click My Computer.
2. Double-click the NTFS Volume that contains the folder or folders you want to compress.
3. Right-click the file or folder you want to compress, and then click Properties.
4. On the General tab, click Advanced.
5. Click to select the Compress contents to save disk space check box, and then click OK.
6. In the Properties dialog box, click OK.
7. In Confirm Attribute Changes, click the option you want.
NOTE: If you move or copy a file into a compressed folder, it is compressed automatically. If you move a file from a different NTFS Volume into a compressed folder, it is also compressed. However, if you move a file from the same NTFS Volume into a compressed folder, the file retains its original state, either compressed or uncompressed.

Displaying Compressed Files in Color
You can change the display of files and folders that are compressed in Windows Explorer and My Computer, so it is easy to see them. To display compressed files in color:
1. Double-click Folder Options in Control Panel.
2. Click Start, and then click Control Panel.
3. Click Appearance and Themes, and then click Folder Options.
4. On the View tab, click to select the Show encrypted or compressed NTFS files in color check box.


REFERENCES
Windows supports two types of compression, NTFS compression and compression by using the Compressed (zipped) Folders feature.
For additional information about zipped folders, click the article number below to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
306531 How To Use Compressed (Zipped) Folders
For additional information about NTFS compression, click the article number below to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
251186 Best Practices for NTFS Compression

on Sep 25, 2010 | PC Desktops

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Reformating in NTFS


this is the option comes when you boot your system through a bootable xp disc

Nov 27, 2008 | PC Desktops

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Converting Partition to ntfs


goto start 2.Run 3.type cmd 4.type CONVERT volume name or drive letter /FS:NTFS

Oct 19, 2008 | PC Desktops

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How to Convert FAT to NTFS file system


Hi,

To convert a FAT partition to NTFS, perform the following steps.

Click Start, click Programs, and then click Command Prompt.

In Windows XP, click Start, click Run, type cmd and then click OK.

At the command prompt, type CONVERT [driveletter]: /FS:NTFS.

Convert.exe will attempt to convert the partition to NTFS.

NOTE: Although the chance of corruption or data loss during the conversion from FAT to NTFS is minimal, it is best to perform a full backup of the data on the drive that it is to be converted prior to executing the convert command. It is also recommended to verify the integrity of the backup before proceeding, as well as to run RDISK and update the emergency repair disk (ERD).


Good luck!

Bhautesh.

on Feb 24, 2010 | PC Desktops

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Convert FAT or FAT32 File system into NTFS


You can increase the performance of your computer using NTFS (New Technology File System) hard drive volume with windows XP, because this advance file system provides some extra features, for example security, reliability, file encryption and Compression features.
But if you are still using old file systems like FAT or FAT32, you can covert it into NTFS with a simple command. The interesting thing is that you can convert your hard drive volumes file system without losing data on the drive. Follow the giving steps to convert FAT or FAT32 partition to NTFS:
  • First go to Start button then click on Run option.
  • Now type here “CMD” and press Ok to open command prompt.
  • At the command prompt type convert drive letter name: /fs:ntfs
  • For example if you want to convert drive E to NTFS then the command will be “convert e: /fs:ntfs”.
  • Now restart your computer and enjoy NTFS features, but keep in mind you cannot covert back it to FAT or FAT32 again.
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on Jan 29, 2010 | PC Desktops

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How to convert FAT32 to NTFS


Hi have a nice day!
To convert FAT32 to NTFS advice microsoft support.
Is that you want?

Mar 08, 2008 | PC Desktops

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Converting Fat to NTFS


To convert a FAT partition to NTFS, Do these following steps steps.
Click Start, click Programs, and then click Command Prompt.
In Windows XP, click Start, click Run, type cmd and then click OK.
At the command prompt, type CONVERT [driveletter]: /FS:NTFS.
Convert.exe will attempt to convert the partition to NTFS.
NOTE: Although the chance of corruption or data loss during the conversion from FAT to NTFS is Low, it is best to perform a full backup of the data on the drive that it is to be converted prior to executing the convert command. It is also recommended to verify the integrity of the backup before proceeding, as well as to run RDISK and update the emergency repair disk (ERD).

on Dec 01, 2009 | PC Desktops

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