Converts FAT and
FAT32 volumes to NTFS.
[volume] /fs:ntfs [/v] [/cvtarea:FileName]
Specifies the drive letter (followed by a
colon), mount point, or volume name to convert to NTFS.
Required. Converts the volume to NTFS.
Specifies verbose mode, that is, all
messages will be displayed during conversion.
For advanced users only. Specifies that
the Master File Table (MFT) and other NTFS metadata files
are written to an existing, contiguous placeholder file.
This file must be in the root directory of the file system
to be converted. Use of the /CVTAREA parameter can
result in a less fragmented file system after conversion.
For best results, the size of this file should be 1 KB
multiplied by the number of files and directories in the
file system, however, the convert utility accepts files of
For more information about using the /cvtarea
parameter, see "File Systems" at the Microsoft Windows XP
Resource Kits Web site.(http://www.microsoft.com/)
You must create the
placeholder file using the fsutil file createnew
command prior to running convert. Convert does
not create this file for you. Convert overwrites this
file with NTFS metadata. After conversion, any unused space
in this file is freed. For more information about the
fsutil file command, see Related Topics.
Specifies that the converted files and
directory security settings are accessible by everyone.
Dismounts the volume, if necessary,
before it is converted. Any open handles to the volume will
no longer be valid.
- You must
specify that the drive should be converted when the
computer is restarted. Otherwise, you cannot convert the
- If convert
cannot lock the drive (for example, the system volume or
the current drive), it offers to convert the drive the
next time the computer restarts.
- The location of
the MFT is different on volumes that have been converted
from previous version of NTFS, so volume performance
might not be as good on volumes converted from
converted from FAT to NTFS lack some performance
benefits compared to volumes initially formatted with
NTFS. On converted volumes, the MFT might become
fragmented. In addition, on converted boot volumes, NTFS
permissions are not applied after the volume is
To convert the
volume on drive E to NTFS and display all messages, type:
convert e: /fs:ntfs