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

Updated on Dec 07, 2018 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.

Do you want to change the file system of your hard disk partition? 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 an ordinary case to change storage device format into FAT32/NTFS/EXT2/EXT3 etc. Due to different reasons, users may need a secure solution to format/convert their hard disk partition to FAT32/NTFS. For example, MBR requires a 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 first. Follow next steps to start format/convert hard disk partition to FAT32/NTFS without losing anything now.

Format/convert hard disk partition to FAT32/NTFS

# 1. Backup disk partition data

No matter how will you try to format or change the hard disk partition file system, you are highly recommended to backup all essential data in the hard disk partition into other partition or storage devices first. 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.

# 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.

Method 1. 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.

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, select "FAT32 or NTFS", click "OK". 
4. When the format process is done, click "OK".

Method 2. Format/convert hard disk partition with partition manager software

EaseUS Partition Master Free allows users to format partitions into FAT32/NTFS/EXT2/EXT3 file systems with ease. If you don't want to format but just want to convert FAT32 to NTFS, this tool also works to help.

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 Windows 10 is supported

 

Step 1: Run EaseUS Partition Master, right-click the hard drive partition you intend to format and choose "Format".

Format Hard Drive Partition - Step 1

Step 2: In the new window, set the Partition label, File system (NTFS/FAT32/EXT2/EXT3), and Cluster size for the partition to be formatted, then click "OK".

Format Hard Drive Partition - Step 2

Step 3: Then you will see a warning window, click "OK" in it to continue.

Format Hard Drive Partition - Step 3

Step 4: Click the "Execute Operation" button in the top-left corner to review the changes, then click "Apply" to start formatting the partition on your hard drive.

Format Hard Drive Partition - Step 4

# 3. Move or restore backups to formatted 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 using the partition to install or download some special software or apps then.

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 Windows 10 is supported