Convert FAT32 to NTFS in Windows 7, Windows XP and Vista Easily and Safely

Jean updated on Jul 12, 2019 to Partition Master | How-to Articles

Why We Need Convert FAT32 to NTFS in Windows XP Vista and Windows 7

FAT32 and NTFS are two basic data file systems generally used in the Windows Operating System. FAT32 was used in the earlier versions of Windows Operating Systems, including Windows 95/98/ Windows ME. NTFS is the preferred file system for Windows Operating Systems. It has many advantages over the earlier FAT32 file system, including:

1. The capability to recover from some disk-related errors automatically which FAT32 cannot.
2. Improved support for larger hard disks.
3. Better security because you can use permissions and encryption to restrict access to specific files to an approved user.
4. Faster access speed. NTFS minimizes the number of disk accesses required to find a file.

Solution 1: Convert FAT32 to NTFS by Convert.exe in Windows XP and Windows Vista

Since NTFS has superseded FAT32 and has become the preferred file system, to convert FAT32 to NTFS seems to be the trend in the future. Then how to convert FAT32 to NTFS in Windows XP or Vista? The convert.exe included in Windows should be one solution.

1. Convert FAT32 to NTFS In Windows XP

  • Click "Start" -> "Run".
  • Enter "cmd" into the text field labeled "Open".
  • Click "OK" button
  • If you want to convert drive D (D:), enter the command vol d: in the command window, to find the volume label for the D: partition
  • Then enter the command convert d: /fs:ntfs to convert the D: partition from FAT32 to NTFS
  • When prompted, enter the volume label for the partition

2.  Convert FAT32 to NTFS In Windows Vista

  • Click "Start" sphere.
  • In the Start Menu search box, enter cmd and hit enter.
  • If you want to convert drive D (D:), enter the command convert d: /fs:ntfs to convert the D: partition from FAT32 to NTFS

One thing that you need to keep in mind is that you should back up data before you do any above-mentioned operations.

Solution 2: How to Convert FAT32 to NTFS in Windows 7, Windows XP and Vista Without Convert.exe

It is impossible that every computer user knows this way to convert partition format from FAT to NTFS in Windows XP and Windows Vista. Even though some of them know how to convert FAT32 to NTFS by convert.exe in Windows XP and Windows Vista, the operation also seems to be a big problem since it is somehow difficult for common users.

Then how to convert FAT 32 to NTFS in Windows 7, XP, Vista without Convert.exe effortlessly? Fortunately, attributes to the effort of EaseUS Software, the latest version of EaseUS Partition Master made it possible to convert FAT12/FAT16/FAT32 to NTFS with just right clicks.

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EaseUS Partition Master is a comprehensive disk management tool which allows users to resize, copy, convert, explore, create, delete, format partition, etc. Best of all, its Free Edition is free for home users. With this partition freeware, you can convert FAT32 to NTFS in Windows 2000/XP/Vista/Windows 7 easily and safely. It also enables you to do other more partition management operations like removing gpt disk partition, resize the NTFS partition and partition external hard drive, etc.


Step 1: Install and launch EaseUS Partition Master on your computer.

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Step 2: Select a FAT32 partition, right-click on it and select "Convert to NTFS". If you need to convert a storage device such as SD card or USB flash drive to NTFS, insert it into your PC first and repeat the previous operation.

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Step 3: Click "OK" on the pop-up dialog box to continue.

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Step 4: Go to the upper left corner, click the "Execute 1 Operation" button and you will see the operation details. Click "Apply" and "Finish" when the process completes.

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From above, you will find that the process is effortless. You could convert FAT32 partition without any data loss.


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