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How to Convert FAT to NTFS File System without Data Loss?

Updated on Jul 12, 2019 by Jean to Partition Master

How to convert FAT to NTFS without data loss? EaseUS Partition Master and CMD command line are available here for you to try and safely convert FAT32/FAT16/FAT12 to NTFS with all data intact.

Do you need to convert FAT to NTFS? How to perform the conversion without data loss easily and safely?

This article will provide two easy solutions to convert FAT32, FAT16 or even FAT12 to NTFS:

Method 1: Convert FAT to NTFS without Data Loss
Method 2: Converting FAT to NTFS by using CMD

Those users who want to optimize the usage of their computers with a more reliable file system can follow this page and set your storage file system to NTFS without losing any data now.

Why do you need to convert FAT to NTFS

Before converting FAT to NTFS, you might want to know why it is necessary to convert the file system of storage devices.

Actually, computer users would like to convert FAT (FAT12/FAT16/FAT32) to NTFS file system because NTFS is more powerful with more advanced features in performance, security, reliability than FAT.

For more information, refer to the next comparison form of NTFS, FAT32, FAT16, and FAT12:

Comparison of NTFS, FAT32, FAT16, FAT12.

Generally speaking, NTFS has several improvements over FAT, such as improved support for metadata, the use of advanced data structures to improve performance, reliability, and disk space utilization, plus additional extensions such as security access control lists and file system journaling.

How to Convert FAT32, FAT16, FAT12 to NTFS

Method 1: Convert FAT to NTFS without Data Loss (3-Step Fix)

Changing a volume's existing file system can be time-consuming. It's not an easy task for those who are not familiar with computer management and command line. Thus, an easy and safe solution is needed. Comprehensive partition manager software - EaseUS Partition Master can fully meet this requirement which helps to convert FAT to NTFS without any data loss. (If you need to convert a storage device such as SD card or USB flash drive to NTFS, insert it into your PC and then follow the steps below to continue.)

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 Windows 10 is supported


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.

convert FAT32 to NTFS

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

convert FAT32 to NTFS

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.

convert FAT32 to NTFS

Tips on converting FAT to NTFS with EaseUS Partition Master:

  • FAT to NTFS conversion can only be realized under Windows. Linux is not supported.
  • This feature is only applicable for converting FAT to NTFS partition. NTFS to FAT conversion is not supported.
  • Source file system must be FAT12, FAT16 or FAT32 and the partition is unhidden.
  • The partition or storage device, which you need to change the file system to NTFS, must work well and can be recognized by EaseUS Partition Master.

Apart from converting FAT to NTFS, EaseUS Partition Master also allows users to resize and move partitioncopy partition, copy disk, explore partition, etc.

Method 2: Convert FAT to NTFS by using Convert.exe - CMD (Command Prompt)

Users who are familiar with computer management can also try to use Convert.exe - CMD to change the FAT partition or storage device to NTFS.

To find out more information about Convert.exe, please follow these steps:

Step 1: Right-click on the "Windows" icon and select "Search".

Open Command Prompt to convert FAT to NTFS.

Step 2: Type: Command Prompt in the Search box and right-click on "Command Prompt", then select "Run as Administrator".

Run Command Prompt as administrator to convert FAT to NTFS.

Step 3: In the command window, type help convert and then press "Enter". (Information about converting FAT volumes to NTFS is made available as shown below.)

Convert FAT to NTFS

To continue changing a FAT volume or device to NTFS from the command prompt, follow these tips:

Step 4: In the command prompt window, type: convert D: /fs:ntfs and hit "Enter". (Replace D: with the drive letter of your partition or storage device.)

Step 5: All you need is to wait for the converting process to complete and then exit the Command Prompt.

The file system will be changed into NTFS and you can use it to save data again.


Once you converted FAT to NTFS, you cannot simply convert it back to FAT or FAT32. You will need to reformat the drive or partition which will erase all data, including programs and personal files, on the partition.

Whether you prefer to convert FAT to NTFS using EaseUS Partition Master or CMD, it is always a good idea to back up your data before the conversion.