How to convert external backup drive My Book from fat32 to NTFS

Convert a backup drive to NTFS

If you have already copied
files to your external hard drive, and you don’t want to delete them,
you can convert your hard drive to NTFS.

To convert an external drive to NTFS


Log on to your computer as an administrator.


Click Start, right-click My Computer.

Start menu with My Computer selected


In the My Computer
window, make a note of the drive letter and label assigned to your
external drive. Usually, the drive letter will be E or F. The drive
letter will not be C (that’s the hard drive inside your computer). The
label is the word between the drive picture and the drive letter. Some
drives may not have a label.

My Computer window with drive label and drive letter highlighted


Click Start, click Run, and then type convert drive_letter: /fs:ntfs

For example, if your external drive is drive E, you would type convert E: /fs:ntfs

Then, click OK.

Run dialog box with convert command line entered and OK selected


command window appears. Type the label for your external drive, and
then press ENTER. If your drive does not have a label, just press ENTER.

Convert.exe command window


If a message warns you that the volume is in use by another process, close any other open windows. Then, press Y and then ENTER.

Convert.exe command window with warning message and Y entered in command line

XP converts your external drive to NTFS. When the conversion is done,
the window automatically closes. Your drive is ready for your backups.


22 thoughts on “How to convert external backup drive My Book from fat32 to NTFS

  1. Didn’t work for me either…. it goes through verification of folders and files 100% then the old dos style box just terminates. Nothing changes….

    300gb seagate HDD with 200GB data on it. Any ideas?

  2. you don’t write BACKUP as volume. you have to What is your external drive volume (NAME) mine is My Book (Western Digital)

  3. I truly believe that we have reached the point where technology has become one with our society, and I am 99% certain that we have passed the point of no return in our relationship with technology.

    I don’t mean this in a bad way, of course! Ethical concerns aside… I just hope that as memory gets cheaper, the possibility of copying our memories onto a digital medium becomes a true reality. It’s a fantasy that I dream about almost every day.

    (Posted on Nintendo DS running R4i SDHC DS NetServ)

  4. It is better to use a DOS command window instead of the RUN function. This way, if there is an error, you will be able to see the error message. Otherwise, using the RUN function, the window will automatically close before you can see the error message.

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