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How to Format/Convert Hard Disk Partition to FAT32/NTFS without Losing Data?

2016-01-20 16:42:37 Posted by Tracy King to Partition Manager

Summary:
Do you need to format/convert hard disk partition to FAT32/NTFS/EXT2/EXT3? This tutorial article tells how format or convert all storage devices such as SD card, USB drive or hard disk partition to FAT32/NTFS/EXT2/EXT3 without losing data.

Want to change your hard disk partition format? Don’t know how to convert SD card, USB drive or hard disk partition to FAT32/NTFS directly? Don’t worry. In this tutorial article, you’ll find effective methods to format/convert hard disk partition to FAT32/NTFS/EXT2/EXT3 without losing any data.

Why need to format/convert hard disk partition to FAT32/NTFS?

It has become a very ordinary case to change storage device format into FAT32/NTFS/EXT2/EXT3 etc. Due to different reasons, users may need secure solution to format/convert their hard disk partition to FAT32/NTFS. For example, MBR requires FAT32 file system. 

And some special software or apps can only be stored under FAT32/NTFS or even EXT2. So how to format/convert hard disk partition to FAT32/NTFS without losing anything? No matter yo choose to directly format hard disk partition to FAT/NTFS or use convert tool to convert the partition to FAT32/NTFS etc. You are highly recommended to backup data firstly. Follow next steps to start format/convert hard disk partition to FAT32/NTFS without losing anything now.

Steps to format/convert hard disk partition to FAT32/NTFS

Step 1. Backup disk partition data

No matter how will you try to format or convert hard disk partition file system, you are highly recommended to backup all important data in the hard disk partition into other partition or storage devices firstly. You can either choose to copy files one by one or use backup software to create backup images. Here we recommend you to try EaseUS Todo Backup Free which allows you to directly backup hard disk partition data into compressed image formats within only 3 steps.

Step 2. Format/convert hard disk partition to FAT32/NTFS

There are two methods to format/convert hard disk partition to FAT32/NTFS: manually format hard disk partition or use partition manager software to convert hard disk partition.

Manually format/convert hard disk partition

If you prefer to manually format/convert hard disk partition, you can only choose to format the partition to FA32 or NTFS file system. Follow next steps to start now and do be careful:

1. Go to Disk Management.
2. Right click the partition that you want to format, and then click Format.
3. In the Format dialog box, under File System, click FAT32/NTFS, click OK
4. When the format process is done, click OK.

Format/convert hard disk partition with partition manager software

EaseUS Partition Master Free allows users to convert or format partitions into FAT32/NTFS/EXT2/EXT3 file systems within only 3 steps. 

1. Launch EaseUS Partition Master and right-click the hard disk partition to choose "Format partition".

EaseUS Partition Master Free helps to format hard disk partition to FAT32/NTFS.

2. Specify the partition and then you can choose file system with NTFS/FAT32/EXT2/EXT3 etc. Then click OK.

Choose file system FAT32/NTFS that you want to format/convert hard disk partition to.

3. Click Apply to finish all the jobs.

Step 3. Move or restore backups to hard disk partition

After converting or formatting partitions into FAT32 or NTFS file system, you can move or restore the backups back to the hard disk partition and continue use the partition to install or download some special software or apps then.