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Convert FAT32 to NTFS File System Without Formatting Drive & Data Loss

Carrying a hard drive, memory card, flash drive or any other storage media in FAT32 format and want to convert it into NTFS? See how to convert FAT32 into NTFS without formatting / losing your data.



Having storage media like USB hard disk, memory card or flash drive in FAT16 or FAT32 format and want to convert FAT to NTFS file system? In this tutorial, you’ll learn how to convert FAT into NTFS using Windows inbuilt FAT32 converter software or command prompt (cmd) without formatting the drive or losing your personal data.

In Windows, FAT32 doesn’t support or handle larger files more than 4GB and it also doesn’t support security as well as stability features. If you’ll try to use over 4GB of space on a FAT32 file system drive, it will show a message that “Not enough disk space error“. However, the disk space is still available there.

NTFS is an advanced file system as compared to FAT16 or FAT32 and it has faster data transfer rate with over 4GB storage capacity.

FAT32 and NTFS both are top common file systems that work well in Windows operating system. You probably may want to convert FAT32 to NTFS for a couple of reasons. However, NTFS file system is not a great choice for a MAC and Linux user because both of these OS can only read NTFS drives. On the other hand, FAT32 formatted external hard drives or flash drives is capable to read and write in all three OSes – Windows, Mac, Linux.

Also see: How to Hide, Show Hard Drive Partitions in Windows?

There are many free FAT32 converter tools available on the internet to convert FAT to NTFS file system, but using these types of software may not safe, it can corrupt your files.

Instead of using any third-party FAT32 to NTFS converter software, you can try Windows built-in tool – convert.exe via executing a command on command prompt (cmd). It’s a best, easy and safe way to convert FAT to NTFS. It works better than any FAT32 converter software.

Free FAT32 Converter Trick to Convert FAT to NTFS File System Without Data Loss or Format Your Drive

Go through the following steps to convert FAT32 to NTFS without formatting the drive or losing data. The convert.exe tool of Windows is tested and it prevents data loss. However, we strongly recommend you to take a backup of your data for just-in-case.

Before converting your drive’s file system, let’s understand the basic commands or concepts of FAT32 converter – convert.exe and to do so execute the command help convert in command prompt with administrator privileges.

Go the Start, click Run, type cmd.exe and hit Enter (if unable to find Run, you can launch it directly by pressing Windows key+R).

Type help converts in the command window and press Enter.

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Commands showing the information about converting FAT volumes to NTFS.

Now you may understand the basic commands. Move to further steps to convert a FAT volume to NTFS using cmd.

Here you need to note-down some information about your drive or removable disk. Attach the drive to any of your computer’s USB port. Go to Computer or launch File Explorer and note this information on a paper – your drive’s name/label and drive’s letter (single alphabet letter suffix: {colon – a punctuation mark}).

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Optional Step – Relaunch cmd.exe, if you closed it (see the first step) and type chkdsk h: /f (h is the disk or drive letter, change it with your own). This command will execute Check Disk to check the disk errors and will automatically fix them if found any.

In the command prompt windows, type convert Your_Drive_Letter: /fs:ntfs and press Enter (replace Your_Drive_Letter with your drive’s letter).

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The command execution will display the following message:

The type of the file system is FAT32.
Enter current volume label for drive H:

Drive letter H might be different in your system as drive H is my drive. Type your drive’s volume name/label (ex: local disk/removable disk) and press Enter.

It’ll start FAT file system conversion and will take awhile depends on the storage used. After a couple of minutes, you will have your FAT converted drive to NTFS with no data loss.

Check To verify NTFS conversion, check it in the drive’s properties. Go to my computer => right click on drive => choose Properties.

Convert FAT32 to NTFS Using a Third Party Software

You may not be familiar with command line, hence this third-party FAT32 converter can be useful for you because we understand that these kinds of technical things are definitely a difficult task for a non-tech savvy guy.

This FAT32 converter is also best for ease-free FAT to NTFS conversion.

FAT to NTFS converter software free download for Windows from – EaseUS Partition Master.

Note This tool, generally made for disk partition management on Windows computer, but it has also a feature to convert FAT to NTFS.

Unfortunately, there is no way to convert NTFS to FAT file system. If you want to revert back the file system to FAT, you’ll have to format the entire drive following Restore device defaults option and it will definitely cause data loss.

Above FAT32 converter (cmd method) to convert FAT to NTFS file system is tested on Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8.1 and Windows 10. In all these operating systems, cmd method is working fine and it’s also capable to convert FAT12 and FAT16.

Lalit Sharma is a professional blogger at Elkees Media and writes blogs related to latest technology, culture, trends, etc. He is also founder & chairman of Elkees Technologies &

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