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How to Convert FAT32 to NTFS in Windows 10

2016-03-02 14:03:26 Posted by Abby Haines to Partition Manager

Summary:
Need to convert FAT32 to NTFS in Windows 10? This page introduces you two easy ways to convert hard drive or flash drive from FAT32 to NTFS in Windows 10 without formatting.

FAT32 and NTFS are the two most common file systems that Windows users have to deal with. And you might need to convert between NTFS and FAT32 tons of times for certain reasons if you use external drives or flash drives often. To makes the job safe and easy, we show you how to convert FAT32 to NTFS in Windows 10 without data loss step by step in this page.

FAT32 Vs NTFS

The FAT32 file system is a traditional file system which is readable and writable in Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux. But Windows now recommends NTFS over FAT32 file system because FAT32 can’t handle files larger than 4 GB. NTFS is a popular file system for Windows computer hard drive. But it isn't great for flash drives or external hard drives that need to interface with Mac and Linux since Mac and Linux can only read NTFS drives—not write to them.  

So you need to convert the file system from FAT32 to NTFS first when you have a hard drive or USB flash drive formatted with the FAT32 file system and try to copy large files such as most full-length movies and anything really large, like a virtual machine, etc to it. Otherwise, you will encounter an error. Next we will guide you to convert FAT32 to NTFS in Windows 10 without formatting using CMD and third-party partition manager software.

Convert FAT32 to NTFS in Windows 10 using CMD

1. Navigate Start > All Apps > Windows System, right-click Command Prompt and then click Run as administrator

2. In the Command Prompt, type convert drive letter: /fs: ntfs and press enter. For example, if you want to convert drive J: so you type convert j:/fs:ntfs.

3. In the Next screen, you will be asked to type the current volume label of the drive (you should enter the existing name of the drive or else the conversion process will be aborted).

After entering the label name, the conversion process will start. Once it gets completed, you will get a message in command prompt saying Conversion Complete.

Convert FAT32 to NTFS in Windows 10 with EaseUS partition software

If the solution mentioned above is not help, you can try the second way - convert FAT32 to NTFS without data loss using third-party software. Here we recommend EaseUS partition software. The program is a powerful and easy-to-use disk management tool. It can help you format hard drive, USB drive, SD card to NTFS in Windows 10 successfully by just several simple clicks. Now you can download this tool and try the following guide to do the FAT32 to NTFS conversion job.

1. Launch EaseUS Partition Master. Right click the partition that you want to convert from FAT32 to NTFS and then select "Convert to NTFS".

Convert FAT32 to NTFS in Windows 10 with EaseUS partition software

2. The pop-up dialog box will show the source and destination file system, click "OK" to continue.

3. Click "Apply" to execute the operation.