Tuesday, August 2, 2011

How to Convert from a FAT or FAT32 Flash Drive to NTFS




So, you bought yourself a whooping 8 Gb (or 16, or 32 or 64 or infinite) flash drive hoping it would allow you to have a copy of the "world" into it.

The question is: Can you really save the "world" into it?
Answer: NO


You ask, well of course "No". Then I ask you why and you don't know exactly "why" apart from a stupid idea that you can't fit the world into it.

The reason is, not that you can't fit the world into it but because, most flash drives are formatted in FAT (china) or FAT32 and odds are "YOU CAN'T SAVE A 4GB COMPONENT OF THE WORLD INTO IT."


How do we say it in "SIMPLE TERMS"?
SIMPLE: ANY FILE THAT IS 4 GB OR MORE CAN'T FIT INTO FAT OR FAT32 FLASH DRIVES.


Solution?
CONVERT THE FLASH DRIVE FROM THOSE DINOSAUR INFESTED FORMATS TO NTFS.


How? Here's how:

1. OPEN COMMAND PROMPT BY:
     a. pressing ctlr+r and typing "cmd" minus the quotation marks, or
     b. through Start>Accessories>Command Prompt
2. Type "CONVERT (DRIVE LETTER example: D:, E:, F:,) /FS:NTFS)
3. Press "Enter".
4. Wait for the conversion to complete, lest you want a corrupted thumb (flash) drive.


Note: You can't convert the file system of a thumb drive that is being used by the computer (e.g., readyboost, etc.,). You have to dismount the drive first. The command prompt, however, will ask you if you want to dismount it or not. You can answer by typing "Y" for Yes or "N" for No.


Take note further that for the conversion to be successful, the drive should have a free space of, say, at least 100 Mb.


This method also applies to hard drives.


Hope this helps!=)

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