How to Convert NTFS to FAT32 Without Losing Data

Brithny updated on Aug 16, 2019 to Partition Master | How-to Articles

Differences Between NFTS and FAT32

When we install a new operating system on a computer, the installation program would ask you to choose the FAT file system or NTFS file system for your system partition. It would also happen when formatting a partition under the Windows. What's the difference between them?

FAT32 and NTFS are the files systems used in an operating system. FAT32 is the oldest version of the file systems and used in earlier versions of the operating system such as DOS and Windows version before XP. NTFS is a newer file system that came after FAT. It supports large file and volume size and provides efficient data organization. You can see more details in this table:

Features NTFS FAT32
Supported OS Later versions- Win NT/2K/XP/Vista/7/8/10 Old windows version- Win 95/98/2K/2K3/XP
Maximum file size 16TB 4GB
Maximum numbers of characters supported in a file name 255 83
Performance Better than FAT32 Good
Fault tolerance Automatic troubleshoot No provision for fault tolerance
User-level disk space Yes No
Encryption Yes No

Why You Want to Convert NTFS to FAT32

The NTFS file system is newer technology which provides more features compared with FAT32 such as reliability, security and access control, storage efficiency, enhanced size and name of the file. In most occasions, the NTFS file system is recommended for above-mentioned advantages, especially when you have a single file over 4G in size or a hard driver over 137G in size. Even though, the FAT32 is still in use because of its compatibility.

"The USB Drive is NTFS, but the BIOS file won’t be recognized by the computer. To resolve the issue, I need to convert the USB Drive format from NTFS to FAT32."

"I wanna back up my system partition and it is an NTFS partition. However, the backup application I use doesn't support NFTS and only FAT is supported. So I need to convert NTFS to FAT32."

There are two ways to convert NTFS to FAT32 without losing data. One is using EaseUS partition magic tool and the other is using Disk Management. The two methods used in this article is formatting, which will erase the data in the partition.

① If the data is important, it is recommended that you back up the data to a secure location. When the process is completed, restore it to the original partition. You can use free backup software to back up important data.
② If the data is not important to the user and can be deleted, you can format it directly.

Method 1: Convert NTFS to FAT32 with EaseUS Partition Master

The easiest way is to use a third-party NTFS to the FAT32 format tool. EaseUS partition tool can help you do this job easily. It is a powerful tool that allows you to format the file system between NTFS and FAT32. The software works perfectly in Windows 10, 8, 8.1, 7, XP, and Vista. After you back up data, you can start to convert NTFS to FAT32 by formatting this partition.

  • Easily reach the conversion by a few clicks to realize the operation.
  • Supports Windows Server 2019/2016/2012/2008/2003 and Home Server.
  • Convert NTFS to FAT32 through formatting and directly convert FAT/FAT32 to NTFS without data loss.

Follow the steps to convert NTFS to FAT32:

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

Format Hard Drive Partition - Step 1

Step 2: In the new window, enter the Partition label, choose the FAT32 file system, and set the cluster size according to your needs, 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 to FAT32.

Format Hard Drive Partition - Step 4

Method 2: Convert NTFS to FAT32 Using Disk Management

The other method is to use Disk Management. But FAT32 option will be unavailable in the drop-down box if the drive size you desire to format is larger than 32GB (This is a Windows limitation). Also, back up data before your operations.

  • Step 1: Right-click "This PC" > click "Manage" > "Disk Management".
  • select disk management and choose format
  • Step 2: Choose your device, right-click it and choose "Format".
  • Step 3: Click "Yes".
  • Step 4: Name the drive and select the file system as "FAT32". Click "OK".
  • convert to fat32 using disk management

Then, you can find the format is FAT32.

The Bottom Line

Back up, back up, and back up. Before you convert to FAT32, copy your data to another drive or use backup and recovery software to back up data. If you are Windows Server 2003, 2008, 2012, 2016 users, you can use EaseUS Partition Master to make it.

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