This post is part of the 17 Tips Series on How to Make Windows Run Faster.
The File System, in which Windows stores your files on the hard disk is a crucial factor in determining the time taken to retrieve it. And it goes without saying that it is important to select the correct file system for making windows run faster.
Windows uses two file systems to manage files on your hard disks. FAT32 and NTFS.
FAT32 vs NTFS
What is NTFS File System
NTFS (New Technology File System) is the standard file system of Windows NT, including its later versions Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2008, and Windows Vista. NTFS has several improvements over FAT32 such as improved support for metadata and the use of advanced data structures to improve performance, reliability, and disk space utilization, plus additional extensions such as security access control lists etc. A boot disk to boot NTFS drive is called an NTFS Boot Disk.
What is FAT File system
The File Allocation Table (FAT) file system is an older file system that relies on an allocation table to keep track of files and folders on a volume
Because of the various features, NTFS is a superior way to organize files as compared to the FAT32, and it definitely makes your windows run faster to convert FAT to NTFS. There are several reasons why to change a FAT file system to NTFS. You can easily search for them on Google.
How to Speed up Windows by Converting Hard Drive from FAT32 to NTFS
Converting FAT32 to NTFS is quick and easy. A few simple steps and your NTFS conversion is complete to make windows faster. Let’s see how to do that.
Click Start > Run. Type diskmgmt.msc > OK. This will give information about various disks installed installed on your PC. See which disk you want to convert from FAT32 to NTFS. Again Click Start > Run. Type cmd > OK to open the command prompt. Type convert c: /fs:ntfs so as to convert drive c: to NTFS. Repeat the same command for other drives.
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