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    Default Laptop slows down after FAT32 to NTFS conversion?

    Dear all, after acquiring an ASUS Z92T laptop from DSE and installing several programs onto drive C:, I realised that the HDD format was FAT32. So I took advantage of a HDD-format conversion feature provided by the laptop to change it to NTFS. However, after the operation has been executed and having the laptop restarted, I realised that the laptop has taken up significantly longer time to startup; I have tried defragmenting the HDD using Diskeeper 9, but to no avail. I have also tried tinkering around with the startup programs and services, but the speed did not improve. It would be good if someone can help me out with this. Thanks!

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    [edit] The laptop comes with 1 GB of RAM.
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    Default Re: Laptop slows down after FAT32 to NTFS conversion?

    At this stage I doubt you have got malware problems unless you have been browsing online with no antivirus installed.

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    Default Re: Laptop slows down after FAT32 to NTFS conversion?

    Maybe you should try to restore it using the restore CD.

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    Default Re: Laptop slows down after FAT32 to NTFS conversion?

    Quote Originally Posted by bk T View Post
    Maybe you should try to restore it using the restore CD.
    Restore, as in?

    winmacguy, I will scan the laptop for malware anyway some time later.

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    Default Re: Laptop slows down after FAT32 to NTFS conversion?

    restore as in:
    restore it to factory settings seeing as u dont have much on there yet. it should have a recovery partition if it didn't come with a windows/mac cd.
    When it comes to computers there is a difference to what you need and what you want, the former being less than half the price of the latter.

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    Default Re: Laptop slows down after FAT32 to NTFS conversion?

    Quote Originally Posted by JamesKan View Post
    I realised that the HDD format was FAT32. So I took advantage of a HDD-format conversion feature provided by the laptop to change it to NTFS.
    Why?

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    On volumes that are created (not converted) as NTFS volumes, clusters start at sector zero, therefore every cluster is aligned on what is known as the cluster boundary. If the FAT32 partition was not created by Windows XP or Windows 2000, the FAT/FAT32 reserved structures mean that a FAT/FAT32 format cannot guarantee that data clusters will be aligned on a cluster boundary. In turn, this can cause the conversion process to be forced to use 512k clusters, thus causing a potentially serious degradation in disk performance.

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    Default Re: Laptop slows down after FAT32 to NTFS conversion?

    Try a Repair (as opposed to a Restore).
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    Default Re: Laptop slows down after FAT32 to NTFS conversion?

    Quote Originally Posted by Greg View Post
    Try a Repair (as opposed to a Restore).
    or, try to revert the HDD format back to FAT32. i don't think you can reformat doing a repair, so considering pctek's comments i'd say a complete reformat and reinstall is the answer here
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    Default Re: Laptop slows down after FAT32 to NTFS conversion?

    Quote Originally Posted by motorbyclist View Post
    or, try to revert the HDD format back to FAT32. i don't think you can reformat doing a repair, so considering pctek's comments i'd say a complete reformat and reinstall is the answer here
    IIRC a conversion to NTFS is irreversible. The only way to get it back to FAT32 is to reformat the drive.
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    Default Re: Laptop slows down after FAT32 to NTFS conversion?

    Quote Originally Posted by Bletch View Post
    IIRC a conversion to NTFS is irreversible. The only way to get it back to FAT32 is to reformat the drive.
    well i did say 'try'
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