Help needed to convert FAT32 to NTFS

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  1. Fugazi

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    I tried to convert my FAT32 C drive to NTFS, but it didn't work.

    Here's what I did:

    Typed "cmd" in Run
    Typed "convert c: /fs:ntfs"
    Agreed to dismount
    Agreed to convert at the next restart
    Restarted my computer

    Then I checked the properties of drive C, and it was still FAT32...

    Did I do something wrong?
     
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  2. JoelDali

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    How large is the volume? IDE drive?

    Boot with a boot cd or disk to DOS and do a chkdsk c: /f /v
     
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  3. Fugazi

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  4. Fugazi

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    Sorry, you kinda lost me here... But I know it's a big volume, it's my main drive. One more thing: now my computer goes into the NTFS conversion "routine" whenever I start/restart my computer: first there's a disk check, then it says "Converting c: to NTFS" for about 5 seconds, and then Windows opens and C is still in FAT32 when I check its properties.
     
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  5. hollywood9826

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    What you did is supposed to work.

    Ive never done it personally as Ive always just loaded Windows on NTFS to begin with.
     
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  6. JoelDali

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    Boot to DOS and run the command I posted.

    Google boot CD and burn a boot disk.

    Or, boot with any 2000 or XP setup CD, choose recovery console and run the command.

    You need to fix errors on the drive from a non windows environment.
     
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  7. Fugazi

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    Ok I'll try that.
     
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  8. JoelDali

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    Reboot yer computer.

    Press f5 or f8 when windows begins loading.

    Get to a DOS prompt. Run the command.
     
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  9. BobFL

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    Run disk scan from Windows just in case. If you have any kind of error it won't do it...
     
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  11. Fugazi

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    BTW I have Windows XP, and the F5/F8 thing didn't work (didn't send me to DOS). I could try the boot disk thing though.
     
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  12. diredesire

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    repeatedly tap F8 at restart. This should bring up a "windows boot option" menu. You want to select XXXX with command prompt.
     
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