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I need to change from a FAT to a NTFS to operate on my windows XP

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I have Windows XP iinstalled a Western Digital external hard drive as I am trying to expand my computers memory and operating abilities as I had to install another AutoCad program from school and it is formatted in Fat32 and I need it to be NTFS file so I may use it to its capabilities, also I would lik to know can I use this external hard drive to completely install my Cad program into or will I just be able to have it increase my computers abilities I am sorry to be asking but my 16 month old son ate the small book or just chewed it into pieces swallowed what he liked I guess, if you have kids then you know thwy are related to goats when young everything goes in the mouth. Thank You or any help

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I'm assuming that you are trying to convert an existing hard drive from FAT32 to NTFS...
Is that the question?

If so, boot computer.

click on Start...Run... type in "cmd" and press <enter>

A command prompt will appear (aka "console" or "DOS box")

at the C:\blah\blah prompt, type in

"convert C: /FS:NTFS" and press enter. (substitute the drive letter of the drive to convert for "C:" in the preceeding example)

If you are prompted that the drive is locked and do you wish to mark the drive for conversion at next boot time, answer YES.

Reboot.

Voila!

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