MS-DOS and Windows command line convert command

Updated: 11/26/2018 by Computer Hope
convert command

The convert command is used to change FAT volumes to NTFS.

Availability

Convert is an external command and is available for the following Microsoft operating systems as convert.exe.

Convert syntax

Windows Vista and later syntax

CONVERT volume /FS:NTFS [/V] [/CvtArea:file name] [/NoSecurity] [/X]
volume Specifies the drive letter (followed by a colon), mount point, or volume name.
/FS:NTFS Specifies that the volume to be converted to NTFS.
/V Specifies that convert should run in verbose mode.
/CvtArea:file name Specifies a contiguous file in the root directory that will be the place holder for NTFS system files.
/NoSecurity Specifies that the security settings on the converted files and directories allow access by all users.
/X Forces the volume to dismount first if necessary. All open handles to the volume will not be valid.

Windows XP and earlier syntax

CONVERT volume /FS:NTFS [/V]
volume Specifies the drive letter (followed by a colon), mount point, or volume name.
/FS:NTFS Specifies that the volume to be converted to NTFS.
/V Specifies that convert should run in verbose mode.

Convert examples

convert d: /fs:ntfs

Convert the d: drive, which in this example is a FAT volume, to an NTFS volume. Note, if this volume is anything other than FAT, such as NTFS or RAW, this command generates an error.

Additional information

  • See our conversion definition for further information and related links on this term.