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Posted On 2008-07-07 by FortyPoundHead
Keywords: Private Folder NTFS FAT32 Cannot Select
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To resolve this issue:

  1. If the folder you are trying to make private is not located in your profile (Drive_letter:Documents and SettingsUser_name, where Drive_letter is the drive on which Windows XP is installed and User_name is your user name), move it to your My Documents, My Music, or My Pictures folder and then select the Make this folder private option (if it is available).
  2. If the Make this folder private option is still unavailable in the My Documents folder, you may need to convert the Windows drive to NTFS as follows.

    WARNING: Converting the drive to NTFS removes your previous operating system backup. Do not convert to NTFS if you may later need to uninstall Windows XP. Also, do not convert drive C to NTFS if you dual-boot Microsoft Windows 95, Microsoft Windows 98, or Microsoft Windows Millennium Edition (Me) on the same computer, and do not convert other drives to NTFS if you dual-boot Windows 95, Windows 98, or Windows Me on the same computer and need access to the drive from Windows 95, Windows 98, or Windows Me.
    1. Click Start, and then click Run.
    2. In the Open box, type cmd, and then click OK.
    3. In the command prompt window, type the following line, and then press ENTER

      convert drive_letter: /fs:ntfs

      where drive_letter is the drive on which Windows XP is installed. For example, typing convert d: /fs:ntfs converts drive D to NTFS format.

    4. Press Y, and then press ENTER to continue if you agree to remove your previous operating system backup (if appropriate).
    5. Press Y, and then press ENTER to dismount the volume.
    6. Press Y, and then press ENTER to schedule the conversion for the next time the computer restarts.
    7. Restart your computer.

The Windows volume is converted to NTFS when your computer restarts, and the Make this folder private option should be available for folders in your profile.


This behavior is by design.


If you want to make a file in a private folder available to others, move it to the Shared Documents, Shared Pictures, or Shared Music folder.

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