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Converting to NTFS

Converting to NTFS

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ConvertingtoNTFSYourharddrivemustbeformattedwithafilesystemsuchasFAT,FAT32orNTFSsothatWindowscanbeinstalledontoit.Thissystemdetermineshowfilesarenamed,organisedandstoredonthedrive.Ifyou
renotusingitalready,NTFS(NewTechnologyFileSystem)isrecommendedforWindowsXPbecauseoftheadditionalfunctionalityitoffers.IfyourPCcamewithWindowsXPpre-installedthenthere
sachancethatyou
realreadyusingNTFS.Ifyou
veupgradedfromWindows98orWindowsMeyoumaystillbeusingFATorFAT32.TheoptiontochangeovertoNTFSwouldhavebeenavailableduringtheupgradeprocess.Don
tworryifyouskippedthisasit
spossibletoconvertatanytimefromwithinWindowsXPwithoutlosinganydata.TherecommendedoptionThereareanumberoffeaturesinWindowsXPthatwillonlyworkiftheNTFSfilesystemispresent,whichiswhyit
ssuggestedyoumakeuseofit.Fileandfolderpermissions,encryptionandprivacyoptionsarejustsomeofthoseyou
llbeabletoaccess.Inparticular,thoseofyouwhohavesetupuseraccountswillfindNTFSinvaluable.Forinstance,ifyoucontinuetouseFATorFAT32anyonewithphysicalaccesstothedrivewillbeabletoaccessthefilesandfoldersthatarestoredthere.However,withNTFSyou
llbeabletousealevelofencryption(ProfessionalEditiononly)thatwillenableyoutoprotectyourdata.You
llalsofindNTFSmorereliableinthatit
smoreabletorecoverfromdiskerrorsthanitsFATorFAT32counterparts.Alogofalldiskactivityiskeptsoshouldacrashoccur,WindowsXPcanusethisinformationtorepairthefilesystemwhenyourPCbootsupagain.Tofindoutwhatfilesystemyou
reusing,openMyComputer,right-clickyourmainharddriveandchooseProperties.TakealookattheGeneraltabtoseeconfirmationofthefilesystemthat
sinuse.ConvertnowYoucanusetheconverttoolinWindowsXPtochangethefilesystemonyourharddiskfromFATorFAT32toNTFS.Thewholeprocessissafeandyourexistingdatawon
tbedestroyed.Tobegin,clickStart->Run,typecmdandpress[Return].Atthecommandprompttypeconvertc:/fs:ntfsandpress[Return](where
c
istheletterofthedriveyou
reconverting).Whenyoutryandruntheconvertutility,it
slikelythatWindowsXPwillbeusingyourpagingfilesotheprocesswon
tbecompletedimmediately.Therefore,you
llseeabriefmessageonscreeninformingyouthattheconversionwilltakeplaceinsteadthenexttimeWindowsstartsup.Havingrestarted,theCheckDiskutilitywillrun,theconversionwillbeperformedautomaticallyandyoumayfindthatyourPCwillreboottwicemore.ThebenefitsWithyourdrivenowrunningNTFS,it
stimetotakeadvantageofthenewoptionsthatareavailable.Havingcreatedanumberofdifferentuseraccountsyoucannowcontrolthelevelofaccessthat
sgrantedtoindividualusers.Forexample,therearegoingtobecertainfilesandfoldersthatyou
llwantsomeuserstobeabletoaccessbutnotothers.IfyouhaveWindowsXPProfessionalEditionyoucandothisimmediately.Right-clickanyfileorfolder,choosePropertiesandselecttheSecuritytab.Adialogwillbedisplayedshowingthenamesofallyourusers.Alongsidewillbetwocolumnswhichenableyoutoselectlevelsofaccessforeachofthem,thepermissionsincludeFullControl,Modify,ReadandWrite.YoucanthenchecktheappropriateboxtodeterminewhetherornottoAlloworDenyaparticularpermission.ForWindowsXPHomeEditionusers,theSecuritytabwon
tbeimmediatelyavailable.Toaccessthisoptionyou
llneedtorestartyourPC,pressing[F8]untilamenuappears.NextselectSafeModeandwaitforWindowsXPtostartup.Youcanthensetyouroptionsinthesameway.

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