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How do i convert FAT 32 to NTFS without formatting / Loosing Files in my Hard Disk Drive?

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1) Backup your data!
2) XP or later: Open CMD (DOS Window) "Convert" [Drive:] /fs:ntfs

To verify you have the command available, in Cmd window, type "convert /?" that should bring up the various parameters to use with the command. If convert is not available, it will return "unrecognized command".

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