When using Windows XP, FAT32 users frequently encounter data loss on storage device due to sector damage. For this reason, a large amount of time should be consumed to check hard disk. And to make matters worse, this method may not finely settle the problem when you find your desired data is in the damaged sector. It is high time that you should employ the partition magic, MiniTool Partition Wizard, to convert FAT to NTFS in Windows XP. NTFS is a new-generation file system which effectively protects data from being written into damaged sectors to avert data loss. This is the early error-warning function with which Windows XP users will be free from data storage in damaged sectors. By the way, how does NTFS early error-warning prevent data from being stored in bad sectors? It is really necessary for you to understand the principle before converting FAT to NTFS in Windows XP and this would be really rewarding.
NTFS early error-warning resolves sector damage effectively
On NTFS partition, the initial 16 sectors are boot sector storing partition boot code, and then the following sectors are Master File Table, MFT in short. If damaged sectors locate in MFT, NTFS intelligently moves MFT to other sectors, ensuring file system's normal use as well as Windows normal operation. On the contrary, the former FAT like FAT16 and FAT32 can only be fixed behind boot sector, which means that the whole file system will crash if sectors are damaged. Whereas, this intelligent method of moving MFT is not flawless in the event of error emergence in partition boot code pointing towards MFT. This means NTFS will fail to find MFT and popup error messages like "Disk is not formatted". In order to avoid such circumstance, a checking routine is included in partition boot code to be in charge of debugging.
Through above explanation, you will find FAT and NTFS are two totally different kinds of file system and NTFS provide us with a complete solution to sector damage problem.
How to convert FAT to NTFS in Windows XP?
Formatting is the only feasible solution if users want to convert FAT32 to NTFS in Windows XP with the operating system built-in disk management tool. However, we must spend plenty of time in recovering data from formatted partition with low efficiency if we do so. So is there any solution to helping convert Fat32 to NTFS in Windows XP without formatting? Of course, a considerable amount of partition magic is available on market with easy to use operation for converting FAT to NTFS in Windows XP. But it is noteworthy that security is an overriding issue for selecting third-party partition magic especially when you are to convert file system. Hence, I am here to sincerely and responsibly recommend the excellent partition magic by the name of MiniTool Partition Wizard, which is elaborately developed by MiniTool Solution Ltd., to users to convert FAT to NTFS in Windows XP, both 32 and 64 bit, without destroying data.
Convert FAT 32 to NTFS in Windows XP with MiniTool Partition Wizard
Firstly, download this partition magic at the official website https://www.partitionwizard.com/ for free.
Then, install it to partition where related operation is not to be performed. Launch this partition magic after successful installation to enter the main interface.
Select and right click the target FAT32 partition and click "Convert FAT to NTFS" in the drop-down menu.
Click "Start" to starting conversion and then click "Close" after conversion.
Now after returning to main interface, the former Fat32 partition has been successfully converted to NTFS.
In addition to early error-warning, NTFS outperforms FAT in many aspects in terms of performance, including support of partition and single file size and file and folder encryption, etc. In a word, converting FAT to NTFS in Windows XP has become a prevailing trend and please don't be hesitant to employ MiniTool Partition Wizard to help convert FAT to NTFS.